Monday of the Fifth WeekReflection
As we draw closer to the beginning of Holy Week and the celebration of Easter, the readings cause a deeper examination of our own conscience. There is a theme of judgment in today’s readings. The first reading from the Book of Daniel describes the story of Susanna and how she was falsely accused of adultery. Susanna had the strength and courage to place all her trust in God and look to Him for ultimate judgment. Because of her faith and trust in the Lord, God intervened on Susanna’s behalf sending Daniel to her rescue.
A similar story is presented in John’s Gospel today. The scribes and Pharisees bring the adulterous woman before Jesus asking Him to condemn her. Jesus replies by saying “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus then instructs the woman to go and not to sin anymore. These readings clearly illustrate that God is the ultimate judge and if we put our complete and undivided faith and trust in Him, He will lead us to salvation. Furthermore, we as mortals do not know all the facts; therefore, who are we to pass judgment upon others?
PrayerLord, forgive me for the times I have hastily judged others and help me remember your words, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone.” Help me to see You in others, and to understand that You alone are our judge. Amen.
Matt Seklecki, ’11, Assistant Director of Admission
ScriptureFirst Reading: Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62
Gospel: John 8:1-11
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website