Fifth Sunday in Lent

This week’s readings are Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Paul’s letter to the Philippians 3:8-14 and John’s Gospel 8:1-11. This week is also the Third Scrutiny so you might get the readings from Year A instead of these.

Today, the readings have us reflecting upon the past but also looking towards the future. In Isaiah we hear that we should not remember the things of the past since the Lord will make all things new. Paul tells us to live in Christ because life before that is meaningless and in John we hear about forgiveness when the woman caught in adultery is about to be stoned, Jesus says to the crowd “Let those who haven’t sinned cast the first stone.” These readings are a reminder to all of us about the Sacrament of Reconciliation, it that thing that important but not many of us are keen to actually go. This is where the hope and the promise to make all things new begins by admitting that we’ve made mistakes and trying to do better in the future. All to often we are the ones with the stones wanting to throw them at someone else for their sins but we are all that woman who Jesus is willing to forgive as well. We all are sinners but we can improve ourselves and hopefully by transforming ourselves we can change the world for the better.


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