The Gospel for Today
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jn. 8: 1-11
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.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
Reflection (Sem. Gilbert Romulo, Jr.)
Every time we commit a serious mistake in our life, what do we normally do? How do we react when we did something so deplorable, shameful, totally frustrating, or awfully devastating that sometimes you want to disappear at that very moment, and sometimes to the extent that you wished that you have the power to turn back the time so that you can have the chance to do them all over again. Then you suddenly realize that it is just a wishful thinking, the thing has been done and no other power can unchanged the situation. You feel that your life is a total wreck, a total disappointment, a total failure, a total waste. Having felt that way, you also discovered that all the people around you are so angry with you, pointing fingers at you, cursing you to their hearts content.
In today’s gospel, we can somehow feel the situation of the adulterous woman. The people around her was not just cursing her but are very raring to go to kill her by stoning her. The woman was in a very deplorable situation. She has nowhere to turn to. Perhaps she was hoping that someone out there will approach her, will rescue her, will understand her, will forgive her. But the God that she has known perhaps was also condoning that she be stoned to death, for it is written in the Scriptures. The leaders of the Church at that time attest to this commandment of God. The woman was in a total hopelessness condition. Then Jesus came up into the scene. He came to the rescue. Jesus understood her and reassured her that God is a loving and forgiving God. Jesus is the manifestation of the love of God. If it were not for Jesus, nobody will know who really God is. In this incident, we came to know how God so loved the world. God came into the world to restore the true relationship that we ought to have with Him. Through Jesus, we were able to know the true nature of God. Amen.