Woman Caught in Adultery - A time of Mercy and Forgiveness

In the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.

Opening Hymn:
O word of God Come into this space;
O word of God come send us your grace.
Open our minds show us your truth; Transform our lives a new.
 

Introduction: Lenten Journey is a season of grace, time of prayer and spiritual renewal. This fifth week of lent we reflect on the compassion, kindness and mercy showed by Jesus to a sinful woman, caught in adultery. We experience God's forgiving love as we meditate on this incident. Let us then open our hearts and minds to God's healing mercy.

Let us pray: Loving God, you give us this Lenten journey, a time of prayer and renewal. Let these sacred days be a time when we seek and find you with in each of us. Make this time of Lent a time to listen to your voice and be guided by your spirit. We ask through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Gospel: 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."

The Gospel of the Lord - Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflections; Jesus' response to those who accuse the woman is more than a caution to us about making judgment of others. It is a profound lesson in divine mercy and forgiveness. As sinners, we are all unworthy to judge the sins of others and we would stand convicted by God for our transgressions. Yet Jesus, the one without sin and thus our judge, offers us who are sinners his mercy and forgiveness. Redeemed by Jesus' compassion, we are sent to sin no more and to live in God's love and peace.

Please share any word or phrase or thought that inspires you from the Gospel reading.

Lent is a time of Prayer, We share in the paschal mystery, in the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus our Lord. Let us pray for charity, forgiveness, reconciliation, healing and renewal.

  1. For the Church: that we may be faithful children of God and remain single-minded in seeking to do God's will we pray to the Lord - Lord, create a new spirit in us.
  2. For a spirit of conversion: the Spirit will guide us in surrendering our weaknesses to God and helping us turn more fully toward God and the path of the Gospel - Lord, create a new spirit in us
  3. For new understanding: that we may recognize God's love for us is not based on our deeds or achievements but on God's free and generous choice. - Lord, create a new spirit in us
  4. For freedom from our resentments: that we may surrender our hurts and resentments to God who calls us to reconciliation and freedom. - Lord, create a new spirit in us
  5. For all who are struggling with life; for those who are in fear or darkness, for those who have lost meaning or hope: that God's light may lead their life, we pray to the Lord- Lord, create a new spirit in us.

(Time for personal intentions)

Prayer - Our Father

Closing Prayer:  God of mercy, we journey with Jesus during this Lenten season with the certain hope that you will renew each of us as your true disciples.  Call us out of the wilderness of selfishness and indifference. Help us to reach out to those who do not know hope or love by being your messengers of love, kindness and mercy, we ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Closing Hymn:
O word of God Come into this space;
O word of God come send us your grace.
Open our minds show us your truth; Transform our lives a new.

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