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Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness

Psalm 62:7-8: God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, we praise you and we thank you for making us righteous in the blood of your son's death. May people see in us a reflection of your holiness, justice, and mercy as we try to share your grace with them. Through Infant Jesus, your sacrifice for our sins we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (April 11, 2011)
Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
First Reading:  Daniel 13:1-9,15-17,19-30,33-62 (or) 13:41c-62
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 23:1-3a,3b-4,5,6
Gospel:  John 8:1-11
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (John 8:1-11)
While a woman caught in adultery was brought to them for trial, they tackled Jesus on the issue of retribution. Jewish law treated adultery because a serious crime as it violated God’s ordinance and wreaked chaos on the stability of marriage and family life. It was one of the three serious sins and punishable by death. This incident tells us a huge deal about Jesus’ attitude to the offender. The scribes and Pharisees wanted to entrap Jesus by way of the religious and civil authorities. That is why they brought a woman caught in adultery in front of Jesus. Jesus turned the confront towards his accusers. In effect he said: Go ahead and stone her! But consent to the man who is without sin - be the first one to cast a stone to her. The Lord leaves the matter towards their own consciences. When the adulterous woman is left alone by Jesus, he both expresses mercy and he strongly encourage her to not sin again. The scribes wished to criticize; Jesus wished to forgive and to restore the sinner to strength. His challenge concerned a choice – either go back to your former method of sin and death or to reach out to the new means of life and happiness by him. Jesus gave her pardon and a fresh start on life. God’s grace enables everyone to confront our sin for what it is – disloyalty to God, and to turn back to God with a regretful heart and a thankful spirit for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Do we know the joy of repentance and a spotless conscience?
(Lent, Easter and Sunday Homilies - Sermon by Fr Kuriakose)


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