Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2020
St. Patrick Cathedral
Fort Worth, Texas

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

The first reading from Genesis articulates the cunning of the devil that becomes the cunning of human beings brought about by the original sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Man and woman reject God in favor of a false sense of freedom. They become preoccupied with themselves. Man and woman, each of them, values the other only for uses like physical pleasure and emotional security at the expense of the other’s dignity.

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