The Lord God called to the man after he had eaten of the tree. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked ‘Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?’ The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’
Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,
‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,
all wild beasts.
You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust
every day of your life.
I will make you enemies of each other:
you and the woman,
your offspring and her offspring.
It will crush your head
and you will strike its heel.’
First reading for the 10th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The tension between human kind and sin, the disrupting of the relationship between God and humankind is the them for all that follows through the pages and books of the Bible.
The resolution of the tension, the overcoming of temptation and the ministry of the blam of love comes in the vcitory won by Jesus Christ which concludes the paages and books of the Bible.
Now all that remains is for that victory to finally succeed in our lives too.
Carving. Cathedrale de la Assumption et St-Castor, Nimes. (c) 2017, Allen Morris