The subject of the Gospel for today's Mass is the Immaculate Conception, which is probably the most ridiculed aspect of Christianity.
Freedom from the Original Sin of sexuality, I think, is what this story is about. Although people often talk as though this is an outmoded idea, it appears to me to be returning in full force. Think about it. Isn't feminism, particularly the branch of it that is consumed with labeling just about all heterosexual intercourse as rape, struggling with the same issue?
And, technology has made immaculate conception a reality. It's called in vitro fertilization! Women have been able to conceive a child without engaging in sexual intercourse for several decades.
What is Original Sin? It is the hereditary sin of humans that is passed down through intercourse. The dream (or nightmare) is to free us from the sins or our ancestors by freeing us from bondage to reproduction via sexual intercourse. Although the Church is ridiculed for presenting this as an ideal, that seems to be where humanity is headed.
In the future, I think that in vitro fertilization might become the common form of conception. That's the only possible way to dictate the genetic outcome of a pregnancy. We will be, I guarantee you, genertically engineering our children in the future. We can do it, and so we will. And, it's likely that an artificial womb will be reality in the future, freeing women from the burden of gestation. These things seem inevitable to me. In other words, humanity is headed deliberately toward making immaculate conception a reality on a huge scale. So, why is this part of the story of Christ so often depicted as prudish and ridiculous?
The yearning to be free from the Original sin of conception and the burden of gestation has been a dream of humans for thousands of years.