Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 25, A.D. 2007
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
It's definitely getting closer to Spring, with melting snow and warmer weather here in the northern part of the USA. It's so much better to look forward than to look back at all those February storms! We're not only tired of winter, but there's a deeper reason; we're tired of remaining our same old selves, full of tensions, fears, and yes, our sins and imperfections.
If you agree, then, read with relish what God says through the prophet Isaiah in today's first reading. God says in words something like this: "Tell the people I'm about to release them from exile In Babylon. I've actually canceled all their debt! Tell them not to dwell on the past. I'm the God who makes desert places fertile and lovely. All my anger is over. Tell them to be more faithful now that they're home again. And let them remember that their main duty is to give me praise and glory!" Now, that shouldn't have been hard for them, for God had given them a fresh beginning.
In much the same way, Jesus in our Sunday Gospel gives a fresh start to the woman caught in adultery. By Jewish law, she should be stoned to death. But just as the elders are about to pick up their stones, Jesus says, in effect, "That law should be changed! Let's try this: if anyone of you is without sin, let that person cast the first stone!" Just thinking about their own sinfulness made them ready to forgive that poor woman, and change a brutal law. Maybe those elders were relieved as well as the woman!
Jesus says to us as well as to the woman, "Forget the past. Just look to the future and don't commit sin any more." No wonder St. Paul exclaims to the Philippians, "For his sake, I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish . . ."
It is a forgiving and merciful God who accepts our Lenten prayer, our fasting, and our almsgiving. Like the Israelites coming home from Babylon, and the sinful woman of the Gospel, Jesus gives us a future filled with new hope.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(pwhitmore29 at yahoo dot com)
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