Fifth Sunday of Lent

5th Sunday

Today’s Gospel repeats last week’s message of mercy. Jesus finds himself amid an angry crowd ready to condemn a woman caught in adultery. According to Jewish custom at that time, this woman should have been stoned to death to satisfy Mosaic Law. But Jesus extends mercy.

Jesus says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Through these words, he demonstrates that he is the judge of the woman, just as he judges all. Those who would cast stones depart speechless. Jesus, acknowledging the woman’s sin, says to her “go, and from now on do not sin any more.” He acknowledges our sinfulness and offers his mercy to each of us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Do we accept his mercy in our lives? 

We will be brought before Christ the Judge at the end of our life and at the end of time. Will Christ say to us “Well done, good and faithful servant?” God says “I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live,” (Deuteronomy 30:19 RSVCE).

 

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