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Sunday April 7th: 5th Sunday of Lent

St. Francis Parish | April 10, 2019, 4:11 pm | Reflections

Note: Reflection on Year C Readings; Year A Readings will be used at 6PM RCIA Mass.
     In today’s 2nd Reading from Saint Paul to the Philippians 3:8-14, Saint Paul is speaking of having given up everything, to the point of considering all worldly things a loss so that he may, as he puts it, forget “what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”
     In the Gospel of John 8:1-11 we hear of the Pharisees and how they tested Jesus by bringing before Him “a woman who had been caught in adultery.”  Jesus responds by writing on the ground with His finger.  Eventually He tells them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  He continues to write on the ground and “in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.”  Could Jesus have been writing their sins on the ground?  We cannot know for sure but it is possible.  Think of our everyday lives and the interactions with others and how easy it is to find fault in their ways.  How quickly we can, just as the Pharisees, elevate ourselves to a greater righteousness, forgetting our own transgressions.  How can we allow Jesus to interact with us in our lives that we may better recognize these weaknesses in ourselves?  Perhaps by doing a daily examination of conscience or reciting The Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me, a Sinner”.  Just as Saint Paul in his letter to the Philippians, can we forget what lies behind in “pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:14)
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