Lenten Prayer Reflection by Laura Rathjen

Mar 13 2016

JN 8:1-11

In today’s first reading, we hear of many of the great and powerful works God has done including parting the Red Sea, liberating Zion, putting water in the desert, and being honored by wild beasts, jackals and ostriches. There are so many amazing past examples of God’s power! We are reminded, however, to “remember not the events of the past” and to “see I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” This quote is telling us to not only appreciate the powerful God of the past but also the Living God in our daily life. Notice the daily things God is doing for you.

In today’s Gospel reading, we hear the account of Jesus meeting an adulterous woman, brought to him by the Pharisees. The Pharisees point out to Jesus that by Moses’ command this woman should be stoned to death. Jesus responds, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” This is a powerful image that strongly resonates with many today. It is an image of judgment and forgiveness. It is so prevalent in society today to be judgmental of others, showing authority instead of empathy. It is important to remember, as we are reminded by Jesus, that we too, like all other humans are sinners.