Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

March 30, 2020

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Book of the Prophet Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62

Psalm 23

John 8:1-11

 

In today’s Gospel narrative the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees arrest a woman who has been caught in the act of adultery.  They make her stand in front of everyone as they prepare to stone her to death in accordance with the Law of Moses.  However, before they begin they “test” Jesus and ask Him His opinion of the Law.  The goal of the Pharisees is to place our Lord in a dilemma.  They were hoping that he would “fail” the test in order to bring a charge against Him.   

Jesus bend’s down and began to write on the ground with His finger.  His response to their questions was, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  In response to Jesus’ answer they, “…went away one by one, beginning with the elders.”  Jesus asks, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  Neither do I condemn you, and from now on do not sin any more.”  WOW!

Friends, did we just witness the very first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation?  Let’s do the math.  The sin committed by the woman was adultery, the priest (Jesus) forgives the sin, and the penance was to sin no more.  Now doesn’t that sounds like the Sacrament of Forgiveness?

Jesus’ approach toward the sinful woman was not a legal one, like the Pharisees.  His approach was moral and personal.  Towards the end of the Gospel our Lord condemns the sin of adultery but forgives the sinful adulteress.  In other words, He teaches us to hate sin.  He is compassionate because He gives her (and us) another chance to repent and sin no more.  He challenges us to a life of holiness, atonement and reconciliation. 

Question of the Day:  Will you take advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to receive God’s forgiving grace?

Prayer:  “When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions.”  (Mark 11-25)    

Please continue to pray for the victims of the Coronavirus and for all who are affected by this unprecedented pandemic.

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