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Sunday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Posted on 7th April, 2019


From 'Walk with Me' for Lent 2019 - Living a Holy Life


Allow the Spirit to forge in you the personal mystery that can reflect Jesus Christ in today's world. (Gaudate et exsultate 23)


Woman taken in adultery

John 8:1-11

'Neither do I condemn you.'


In every Bible after John 7:52 a footnote appears: 'The earliest manuscripts and many other ancient witnesses do not have John 7:53-8:11'. They are referring to the story (unique to St. John's Gospel) of the woman caught in adultery. Scholars suggest that this passage didn't appear as part of the canon for nigh on three or four hundred years. Why this happened we cannot be sure, but we can be sure that it captures poetically and beautifully the radical nature of God's forgiveness. God's forgiveness is scandalous, shocking, revealing that no one is beyond redemption, that every sin can be forgiven and that when we judge others we are actually judging ourselves.


Heavenly Father, you sent your beloved Son that we would be forgiven. Lead me to repent of my sins; the evil I have done and the good I have not done; so I may praise you from the bottom of my heart for the gift of your mercy poured out upon me.

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