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Fifth Sunday of Lent

Psalm 23:1-3: The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, help us rest tonight in your grace and in the confidence that you are nearby. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (March 17, 2013)
Day: Fifth Sunday of Lent
First Reading: Is 43:16-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Phil 3:8-14
Gospel: John 8:1-11
Lectionary: 36
Colour: Voilet
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 8:1-11
11 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" 6This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her." 8And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus looked up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" 11She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Today’s Gospel tells us a huge deal about Jesus’ attitude to the sinner. The scribes and Pharisees wanted to catch Jesus with the religious and civil authorities. That is why they brought a woman caught in adultery before Jesus. Jesus turned the dispute towards his accusers. In effect he said: Go ahead and stone her! But let the man who is without sin be the first to cast a stone. The Lord leaves the matter to their own consciences. When the adulterous woman is left alone with Jesus, he both expresses mercy and he powerfully exhorts her to not sin again. The scribes wished to denounce, Jesus wished to forgive and to restore the sinner to health. His dispute involved a choice - either go back to your former way of sin and death or to reach out to the new way of life and happiness with him. Jesus gave her pardoon and a new start on life. God’s grace enables us to confront our sin for what it is – disloyalty to God, and to turn back to God with a repentant heart and a grateful spirit for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Heavenly Father, we find it difficult to come to you, because our knowledge of you is imperfect. In our unawareness we have imagined you to be our enemy; we have wrongly thought that you take enjoyment in punishing our sins; and we have unwisely conceived you to be a tyrant over human life. But since Jesus came among us, he has shown that you love, that you are on our side against all that stunts life, and that our anger against you was groundless. So we come to you, asking you to forgive our past unawareness, and wanting to know more and more of you and your forgiving love, through Infant Jesus our Lord.


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