Lenten Reflection for 3/27
Fifth Monday of Lent
Father of love, who sent Your Son to teach us love and mercy, grant that we may honor you with all our mind and love everyone in truth of heart.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; John 8:1-11
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“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
In today’s readings, both the Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John write of a woman who was. In both, a man of God—young Daniel and Jesus, respectively—challenged the accusers and the woman was allowed to go free.
In the First Reading, “God stirred up the holy spirit of a young boy named Daniel.” This shows the holy spirit is in each of us, encouraging to do what is right such as defending those who are unjustly accused.
There are multiple parables where Jesus defends those who are unjustly accused. In this Gospel reading, the scribes and the Pharisees were testing Jesus.
If Jesus had said to stone the woman, they would have charged Him with hypocrisy, because He was always teaching about mercy. If Jesus said not to stone her, they would have charged Him with breaking the Mosaic Law.
Spotting their own hypocrisy, Jesus stooped down and wrote something on the ground. Have you wondered what He was writing? Was it the names of the accusers and their sin? “Those who turn away from You will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water.” (Jeremiah 17:13)
- Like the scribes and Pharisees, do I value law over love and mercy?
- Do I stand up for someone who is unjustly treated?
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