Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, April 7, 2014

My Reflection for Monday April 7, Fifth Week of Lent, John 8:1-11

Gospel: John 8:1-11
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?" 6 This 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. 7 And 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." 8 And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 9 But 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?" 11 She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again."
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Reflection:
Do you easily condemn or are you quick to utter your words of condemnation to your fellowmen? For example you see a wrongful act, do you immediately judge them as good for nothing, as immoral and sinner?

The problem when we condemn is we immediately put the heavy weight of judgment of sin to our fellowmen. Without knowing first why they sinned. Many of those who sin are not bad per see, they commit sin because they are forced by the circumstances of life. If we offer a sinner a way out of their life of sin they would be more than willing to leave permanently behind their sinful lives.

When the woman in our gospel was caught in the act of adultery, she was immediately condemned by the Pharisees and scribes. And the punishment during that time for that kind of immorality was slow and painful death by stoning.      

But as always Jesus taught them something so that they could examine themselves also. HE said to them: "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her (John 8:7)." After hearing these crucial words from Jesus the Pharisees and scribes all walked away for they were all sinners like us.  Then Jesus said something very profound to the woman: “I will not condemn you, go and do not sin anymore (John 8:11).

These healing worlds of Jesus is still very much with us today and we will hear this when we humbly submit ourselves to the healing Sacrament of Confession. We must all remember that we are all sinners in the eyes of God and men. And as such we are all in dire need of the Devine mercy of Jesus.

If we have not been to the Sacrament of Confession yet this lent, there is still time for us to go to Confession. There is still time for us to be healed and forgiven from all of our wrongful actions by Jesus Himself.

Have you already humbly submitted yourself to this healing and forgiving sacrament? 

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