5th Sunday of Lent
Scripture: John 8:1-11
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
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. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
"Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?"
She replied, "No one, sir."
Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.
In this encounter with the Pharisees and the woman, Jesus does not move quickly. Rather, he bends down twice and writes on the ground. Jesus takes the time to focus, to pray before looking at both the Pharisees and the woman. He does not REACT, Jesus RESPONDS with an invitation to both the Pharisees and the woman to receive God's unconditional love, mercy and forgiveness. Can we respond like Jesus today? God bless - Sr. Diana Capuano, OP - Asst. Campus Minister - Molloy College
Saint of the Day: Saint Ansovinus
Bishop and confessor of the Frankish Emperor Louis the Pious. He was born in Camerino, Italy, and entered the religious life at a young age. After living as a hermit for many years, Ansovinus elected Camerino. Ansovinus' sanctity and miracles also brought him to the court of Emperor Louis the Pious where he served as confessor and spiritual counselor. Patron of gardeners; invoked for good harvests.
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Dominican Sisters statue: standing from left to right is Sr. Patricia Walsh, O.P., Sr. Leo Francis Monaghan, O.P., and Drew Bogner, Ph.D. President.