In all the literature of the world, I don
’t know of a richer account of who we are, what we
’re called to be, and what goes wrong with us than the first chapters of Genesis—especially the third chapter, from which our first reading comes. A
nd we see in our Gospel for today that what happens to us in the immediate wake of original sin—alienation, shame, self-centeredness, scapegoating—helps us immensely to understand Jesus and his work.