Homily (Reflection) for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent (22nd March, 2021) on the Gospel
Dan 13:1-9.15-17.19-30.33-62 or Dan 13:41-62;
Ps 22 (R.v.4);
Topic: Neither do I....
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in the very act of committing adultery to Jesus in today’s gospel. And as a snare they sought His opinion repeatedly. At a point, Jesus said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” On hearing these words, they went away beginning with the elders. They all left without throwing a stone at the woman.
Catching this woman in the very act did not make her accusers saints. Her partner and those who have patronised her in the past might be among those clamouring for her head.
Although the accusers and the accused are both guilty, Jesus dismissed the woman with these strong words, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again”. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). However, none has the right to sin.
In as much as one is yet to be caught in the very act, sin is still sin. God is a righteous judge (Ps 7:11). What Jesus told the woman in essence is, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again’ [to avoid being caught in the very act by God himself]. Jesus is also saying the same thing to all of us. If one insists on sinning, certainly God will catch him/her in the very act. And that will be too bad.
Bible Reading: Matt 7:1-5.
Thought for today: Be careful of the act you are in.
Let us pray: God, give us the grace to avoid sin in its entirety – Amen.
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