Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
What I mean by that saying is that the knowledge and perspective we bring to any experience determines how we feel about that experience. For example, those old enough to remember the postwar era might recall scenes of big, modern factories belching smoke—hailed as a sign of prosperity. Now, we may look at such scenes with a sensitivity to environmental issues; our perspective is different. It all depends on how you look at it.
This Sunday’s Scriptures invite a similar change of perspective: Isaiah urges the people to forget about the Exodus-event, the passage through the Red Sea. Instead, the people are to take notice that God is doing something new. Paul tells the Philippians how knowing Christ has caused him to consider everything else as “rubbish.” And Jesus himself turns accusation into forgiveness with a simple phrase inviting the scribes and Pharisees to look at a sinner from the perspective of their own sinfulness.
Lent is a time to alter our way of looking at ourselves and our world. What surprises await us this week, as we re-orient ourselves, based on our coming to know Jesus Christ.
The first reading starts by recalling God’s work in the past. What is the text talking about when it says the Lord opened a way in the sea?
Then the text says, “I am doing something new!” What is the new thing which Isaiah foresees that God will do?
Paul says that he has accepted the loss of all things, in this week's second reading. Why does he say he has done that?
Paul says he “has been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.” Can you tell, from the last part of the reading, what he means?
In the Gospel, what did the scribes and Pharisees do to see whether Jesus would follow the law of Moses concerning the execution, by stoning, of this woman?
Jesus did not answer them at first. What did he do instead? What did the scribes and Pharisees do?
Then what did Jesus say to the woman? What happened to the scribes and Pharisees?
by Susan Hines-Brigger
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a wonderful treasure of our faith. Check to see when your parish has it available and make an effort to take part in it.
Is there someone who has done something wrong to you? Are you able to forgive that person? If you are able to do so, let that person know of your forgiveness. You do not, however, have to forgive them in person. You can forgive the person in your heart to let go of the anger that you may hold on to. Forgiving does not mean forgetting. For more on the subject of forgiveness, click here.