Friday, March 11, 2016

Becoming Like Our Lord

Dear Parishioners,

It’s early in the morning. Jesus is teaching a small gathering of pilgrims when some religious leaders forcefully bring a woman to him with a lethal accusation. “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. The law of Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” (John 8:1-11)

Jesus knelt down and, on dusty pavement, scribbled something with his finger. What he wrote is lost forever, but what he did is remembered for all time. Rising to his feet, Jesus said, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. With wordless silence, the accusers leave the woman and walk away.”

Jesus faces the woman and tells her to go her way and from now on do not sin again. Standing with that crowd that day in the temple has us asking, “Is it possible to love and care for others the way our Lord cared for this woman? As Lent nears its end, is it possible to become like our Lord, sharing his love, being his disciple?”

- Deacon Robert

“God has given each of us our own work to do. It is for us to
pursue our road, that is to say, our vocation… When God
gives us such and such a vocation, he bestows upon us at the
same time his grace to fulfill it.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars