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April 7, 2019

Jn 8: 1-11

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 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. Now what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Can I Accept?

We are reminded by today’s reading from John’s Gospel, that John, unlike the authors of the Synoptic Gospels, portrays Jesus in Jerusalem for the Passover more than once. So here, a little more than a third of the way through John’s Gospel, we see the scribes and Pharisees testing Jesus in the Temple to see if he agrees with them about how serious sin should be punished. It doesn’t occur to them that it takes two to commit the sin of adultery of which they accuse the woman whom they bring before Jesus for judgment. The man involved apparently escaped without even being considered for punishment!

The challenging words from Jesus about who ought to throw the first stone stun the scribes and Pharisees. In response, they just drift away from the scene, leaving Jesus alone with the woman. Jesus then has a personal conversation with her, and suggests to her that she repent of her sin, but he doesn’t mention punishment at all. This Lent, are you and I ready to accept that kind of mercy from the Lord?

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, SJ, serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesuin University Heights, OH.

Prayer

Life-giving God, change our selfishness into self-giving. Help us embrace the world you have given to us. Today may I help transform the darkness of its pain into the life and hope of Easter. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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April 6, 2019

Jn 7: 40-53

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.”

Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.” Then each of them went home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Taking Shelter

The psalm response that we pray at Masses today says: “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.” Somewhere along life’s journey, each of us experiences moments when we realize the truth of these words so vividly. Perhaps it is at a time of family crisis, or some period of challenge at school or at work. Maybe it’s simply that the pieces aren’t fitting together in my own personal situation, and I don’t know where else to turn.

These weeks of Lent remind us that Jesus always comes to us with outstretched arms, no matter the situation, whatever the need. As the temple guards say to the chief priests in today’s Gospel: “Never has anyone spoken like this.” As we draw closer to Holy Week, how is it that Jesus is reaching out to me? Which deeper desires is Jesus percolating within my heart? And do I have the courage to reach back, to walk the way of the cross, to welcome Jesus into my heart?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

O Lord, you are the center of my life. I will always praise you, I will always serve you,
I will always keep you in my sight.

—Paul Inwood, “Center of My Life,” © 1985, OCP Publications

 

 

 

 

 


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April 7, 2019

Jn 8: 1-11

Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 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. Now what do you say?’ They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.

Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Can I Accept?

We are reminded by today’s reading from John’s Gospel, that John, unlike the authors of the Synoptic Gospels, portrays Jesus in Jerusalem for the Passover more than once. So here, a little more than a third of the way through John’s Gospel, we see the scribes and Pharisees testing Jesus in the Temple to see if he agrees with them about how serious sin should be punished. It doesn’t occur to them that it takes two to commit the sin of adultery of which they accuse the woman whom they bring before Jesus for judgment. The man involved apparently escaped without even being considered for punishment!

The challenging words from Jesus about who ought to throw the first stone stun the scribes and Pharisees. In response, they just drift away from the scene, leaving Jesus alone with the woman. Jesus then has a personal conversation with her, and suggests to her that she repent of her sin, but he doesn’t mention punishment at all. This Lent, are you and I ready to accept that kind of mercy from the Lord?

—Fr. Michael A. Vincent, SJ, serves as associate pastor of the Church of the Gesuin University Heights, OH.

Prayer

Life-giving God, change our selfishness into self-giving. Help us embrace the world you have given to us. Today may I help transform the darkness of its pain into the life and hope of Easter. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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April 6, 2019

Jn 7: 40-53

When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, “This is really the prophet.” Others said, “This is the Messiah.” But some asked, “Surely the Messiah does not come from Galilee, does he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah is descended from David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.

Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not arrest him?” The police answered, “Never has anyone spoken like this!” Then the Pharisees replied, “Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law—they are accursed.”

Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before, and who was one of them, asked, “Our law does not judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they are doing, does it?” They replied, “Surely you are not also from Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise from Galilee.” Then each of them went home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Taking Shelter

The psalm response that we pray at Masses today says: “O Lord, my God, in you I take refuge.” Somewhere along life’s journey, each of us experiences moments when we realize the truth of these words so vividly. Perhaps it is at a time of family crisis, or some period of challenge at school or at work. Maybe it’s simply that the pieces aren’t fitting together in my own personal situation, and I don’t know where else to turn.

These weeks of Lent remind us that Jesus always comes to us with outstretched arms, no matter the situation, whatever the need. As the temple guards say to the chief priests in today’s Gospel: “Never has anyone spoken like this.” As we draw closer to Holy Week, how is it that Jesus is reaching out to me? Which deeper desires is Jesus percolating within my heart? And do I have the courage to reach back, to walk the way of the cross, to welcome Jesus into my heart?

—The Jesuit prayer team

Prayer

O Lord, you are the center of my life. I will always praise you, I will always serve you,
I will always keep you in my sight.

—Paul Inwood, “Center of My Life,” © 1985, OCP Publications

 

 

 

 

 


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