Posted by: livingscripture | April 7, 2014

Fifth Monday of Lent

From the Word of the Day

 

Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”  (John 8: 11)    

   

How should we live this Word 1518b2

Today’s Gospel passage has fatigued to find a location until it was finally placed in John’s Gospel even though the scholars think it belongs to Luke.  Why is this?  It seems to be ‘too much’ in the words and behavior of Jesus.  There is too much goodness, almost like cheap forgiveness that does not require even a word of repentance on the part of the woman.  It is good to forgive but not so easily.

And yet, Jesus’ forgiveness is accompanied by a movement, “Go, and from now on do not sin any more”.  Go; begin to walk, to move in a new way.  Do not remain where you find yourself.  Do not be content with being saved now.  Do not be content with breathing a sigh of relief.

The mercy that you have received must metabolize in all the folds of your existence.  You must digest it and make it your flesh.  It must become an interior motivation for you.

God’s goodness and clemency make us walk and do not leave us a victim to ourselves or to others.  If the mercy that God shows us is received with an open heart, it moves us, makes us responsible, and careful to keep the gift received.  If this does not happen, it means that we have profited by God’s goodness but we have also condemned ourselves to a sick existence, and we are ready to fall at every moment.  We go backward more than forward.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will recall the numerous times I have experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness and I will ask for the grace to use them to come closer to God and to walk in His ways.

Lord, You never condemn me because I am important to You and You do not want to lose me.  Help me to cooperate fully with Your mercy so that I may thank You each day and say ‘yes’ to You.  Help me to walk in You and with You toward others. 

The voice of Fr. Angelo Casati

These scandalous verses remain in our heart.  For centuries no community wanted them.  Do we welcome them?  Do we welcome them with our life?  Do we welcome them bending over others as Jesus did?

 


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