FIFTH WEEK OF LENT
Monday, April 3
Patrick Fitzgerald
Class of 2019

 Lines in the Sand

 

“Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down  and began to write on the ground with His finger.” -John 8:5-6

 

As Catholics, we are called to forgive and be forgiven. Through forgiveness, we are shown mercy because the Father is merciful. When the Pharisees and the Scribes went to see Jesus with the adulterous woman, they were testing Him. Jesus Christ was not bothered by their question because He knew that they were looking for Him to mess up in His teaching. The Pharisees and Scribes went on and on about how the woman had sinned and how the community should follow Moses' law and stone her. Jesus answered after writing something in the sand, instructing those who have not sinned to throw the first stone. Realizing that they all had sinned in their lives, the Pharisees and Scribes decided not stone her. Through His mercy and compassion, Jesus tells the woman to go and sin no more.

 

What a powerful message of forgiveness! Throughout Scripture, Christ shows both compassion and forgiveness. When reflecting upon the Gospel, I always wonder what it would have been like to have been there. Wondering, what was Jesus writing in the sand? Could it have been instruction, a picture, or was He just trying to pass the time? We should all follow Christ's words and go and sin no more because Jesus Christ did not suffer and die for us in order to condemn us as the Pharisees wanted Him to do, but to be forgiven. Indira Gandhi once said that "forgiveness is the virtue of the brave." Jesus Christ calls us to be brave this Lenten season and to remember that we are to seek forgiveness and to forgive others. We stand in need for forgiveness, and can receive this through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

 

Lord give me the serenity to accept Your unconditional forgiveness and love. Allow me to grow in holiness and to have the grace to forgive all just as You forgive. Amen.

 

Dn 13: 1-9, 15-17,19-30,33-62 or 13: 41c-62     Ps 23: 1-6    Jn 8: 1-11