Homily for Monday of the 5th Week of Lent Year A
Theme: WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY…..”Go away and don’t sin again”
By: Fr, Jordi PASCUAL i Bancells
Homily for Monday March 30 2020
Today, we are given to see in the Gospel the merciful face of Jesus. God is love, and Love that forgives, Love that takes pity on our failings, Love that saves. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees «brought in a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery» (Jn 8:4) and they asked the Lord: «But you, what do you say?» (Jn 8:5). They ware not as much interested in following Jesus’ teachings as they ware in accusing him of going against the Mosaic Law. But the Master takes advantage of this occasion to manifest that He has come to seek the sinners, to straighten out the fallen, to call them to conversion and to penance. And this is for us the message for Lent, inasmuch as we are all sinners and we all need God’s saving grace.
Today, it is said that the sense of sin has been stifled. There are many who do not know what is good or bad, nor why. It is like saying —in a positive way— that the sense of Love for God has been quenched: of God’s Love for us, and the reciprocity this Love exacts from us. He who loves does not offend. He, who recognizes being loved and forgiven, renders love for Love: «They asked the Friend which was the source of love. He answered, the one where the Beloved has cleansed our faults» (Raymond Llull).
This is why, the sense of conversion and penance during Lent is to confront us face-to-face with God, to look straight into the eyes of God in the Cross, to personally go and confess our sins to Him by way of the sacrament of Penance. And, Jesus will tell us, as He did with the woman in the Gospel: «Neither do I condemn you… go away and don’t sin again» (Jn 8:11). God forgives, and, on our side, this entails a demand, a commitment: Do not sin again!
Mary, haven of sinners, pray for us!
Fr, Jordi PASCUAL i Bancells
(Salt, Girona, Spain)