Thursday, December 8, 2011

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Luke 1:26-38
Today we celebrate the triumph of logic games over common sense. The "immaculate conception" is not an idea grounded in reality, but a product of the human need to classify and describe every minute detail of the divine as if it were an animal being dissected. Even reading the simplified version of how this "dogma" came to be will boggle the mind. How could so many bright and wise minds actually believe this stuff? Perhaps because of the very problem that this theory was meant to address: original sin. The easiest way to understand the story of Adam & Eve is that it is a tribal memory of the moment when human beings first crossed the threshold of consciousness. It is an attempt to make sense of that historical event when we went from being just another animal to becoming something far more extraordinary. Unfortunately, our evolutionary leap also gifted us with an insatiable appetite for solving mysteries, even if that means over-analyzing and embellishing in order to eliminate ambiguity. And so we get our feast today. It's not enough to believe that our Creator might choose to be one of us. We need to create a flow chart describing the precise procedures that were undertaken to give birth to God Jr. And we wonder why people have such a hard time embracing the Mystery of Faith.