Memorial of Saint Scholastica, virgin
Today’s first reading is taken from the so-called second account of creation. Genesis has already given an ordered account of how the universe and everything in it came to be. Now it provides a personal story to assist humans in knowing the glories and pitfalls of life.
The gospel today seemingly moves in a direction opposite to that of the first reading. Where it relays how Jesus “declared all things clean,” the first reading shows God prohibiting a specific food. The human is not to eat of the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” People have speculated on what kind of food the tree bears for millennia.