Sunday, March 13, 2016

Fifth Sunday of Lent
As Holy Week draws closer, today we are asked to consider how we view others. Do we view them with scorn or love? At times, it is tempting to point the finger at others and call out their shortcomings and sins. I am reminded of Dana Carvey’s character “The Church Lady” from Saturday Night Live. I admit to falling into this trap at times, seeing others in a “holier-than-thou” mindset. God calls us to a new worldview through today’s readings.

In the first reading, we are told not to focus on the past but the future. It reads, “Remember not the things of the past…see, I am doing something new!” Every person is not defined by the past, but on the here and now. The second reading describes how all of us have a common goal that unites us. The letter reads, “I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.” All of us, we hope, are striving towards holiness.

The Gospel passage tells the story of the adulterous woman. The Pharisees bring an adulteress before Jesus and with the intention of stoning her. Jesus, however, rebukes them. He says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” The Pharisees walk away dejected. Jesus then lets the woman go, telling her to sin no longer. Likewise, we are asked to view others not with condemnation but with genuine love. We are all on the same journey. Together.

Loving God, give us the strength to see others as You see them, with love and compassion. Help us support each other in the journey of life. Amen.

Chris Ricciardi, ’16

First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm 126:1-6
Second Reading: Philippians 3:8-14
Gospel: John 8:1-11
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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