Fifth Sunday of Lent 2007
"With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption."
Jesus said to the accusers of the woman caught in adultery: "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." They went away one by one beginning with the elders.
( John: 8:7)
Jesus 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."
(John 8: 10-11)
With all your heart turn to me, says the Lord, for I am tender and compassionate.
(Gospel Acclamation -Joel 2:12-13 )
Jesus' sensitivity to the woman caught in adultery, his humble, truth-filled way of dealing with her accusers fill us with awe, as we gaze at the reconciling heart of God.
Compassionate God, open my heart to learn how to mirror more and more the qualities of your own heart, where love, mercy and understanding govern all relationships.