Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • In this V Sunday of Lent, Jesus continues to show to us through his actions the mercy of his Father and our Father.  
  • Today it is a woman who is caught in the act of adultery who experiences Jesus’ kindness and respect toward her.  
FIRST READING   Is 43:16-21
  • This Reading is taken from the Second Isaiah or Deutero-Isaiah, which goes from chapter  40 to 55 of the book of Isaiah.  
  • God speaks to his people and introduces himself as the author of the exodus from Egypt  
    • He is the one who opens a way in the sea  
    • And a road through the raging waters   
    • Who throws off horse and rider who end  up being like a quenched wick. 
  • But now think of the past only to look forward to the present, to the future, Look 
    • I am doing something new 
    • It springs off, do you not see it?   
    • I open a way in the desert, now it is not in the sea, but in the desert   
    • In the dry lands I open rivers   
    • The wild animals look for me    
    • Because I put water in the desert    
    • For my chosen people to drink
    • The people I have formed for me  to praise me and make others praise me too.   
  • These words are addressed also to us  
    • “Do not stop in the past, or in its sufferings, or in the great things God has done for you  
    • That the memories be only to open your eyes and see the present around you and see the wonderful things God does for you,  in your family, in your society, in your church, in your place of work, in the youth who blooms around you, see and  discover…  
      R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
      When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
      we were like men dreaming.
      Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
      and our tongue with rejoicing.
      R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
      Then they said among the nations,
      “The LORD has done great things for them.”
      The LORD has done great things for us;
      we are glad indeed.
      R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
      Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
      like the torrents in the southern desert.
      Those that sow in tears
      shall reap rejoicing.
      R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
      Although they go forth weeping,
      carrying the seed to be sown,
      They shall come back rejoicing,
      carrying their sheaves.
      R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
  1. Beautiful psalm that describes and paints in a poetic way the difference between sowing and ripping.    
  2. The sowing of the earth, and of our heart too, is always difficult, full of uncertainties, not knowing the results, with the danger of storms and losing the harvest.  
  3. The harvest is always a time of great joy, winter is gone as well as the difficulties, now it is time to rejoice and to collect the fruits.   
  4. This is true in our life at all levels: material and spiritual.   
  • Paul speaks to his dearest community, the community of Philippi   
  • He considers everything as waste, the only thing that is worth is the knowledge of Christ, his Lord, for whom he has accepted to lose everything.  
  • Because he only wants to be with him, not being just in his own eyes, not being just according to the law, but by  faith-love-trust in Christ.    
  • And thus to know him and the power of his resurrection.  
  • In his encounter with Christ, Paul has discovered the treasure of the risen Christ.The law   was only a preparation to encounter the Lord.   
  • He does not consider that he has reached the goal, but he continues. According to the words of the first reading, he does not look behind to the past, but to the future, to his dream, to be able to reach the reward who is Christ Jesus himself.    
    GOSPEL John 8:1-11
  1. The frame of this narrative of John is the Temple where Jesus returns every day during the week preceding his death. At night he goes to the Mount of Olives to pray, and he stays probably with his friends Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  
  2. He is already in the Temple, people are listening to him and asking him about the kingdom, the good news, the Father, and he teaches them with love and  tirelessly.  
  3. While he is still speaking some scribes and Pharisees come dragging a woman caught in the act of adultery.     
    • Estrange situation and accusation, adultery is always between two: a man and a woman, it is never a question of only one person.    
    • They explain the situation to Jesus, their intentions are not right, they do not care about the woman and what she was doing, they do not care either about the sin as an offense to God, they only want to use this woman to be able to accuse and condemn Jesus. 
    • Jesus writes with his finger on the ground. The finger of God, in the exodus the finger of God wrote the commandments on the stones.    
      • The commandments which God has first written in the human heart.   
      • To teach us how to be brothers and sisters, to recognize that we are all equal, sinners, poor, in need of pardon from the  Father of all.   
      • Jesus, our eldest brother; the only son of the Father; the beloved,  writes on the sand. What does he write? We will never know. We will imagine many things, but they will be only that,  imaginations.  
      • The woman’s accuser continue to annoy Jesus with their demands of a sentence, the woman also waits for his words.   
      • She has probably heard about the rabbi Joshua, the good man who listens to all, but she has committed a great sin, she is dirty, impure, and this is a just and holy man, he will probably condemn her.  
  • Now something surprising happens, Jesus tells them that the one without sin may throw the first stone to her.    
      • We have to give credit to them, to  their honesty, they put the stones down and leave one by one, beginning by the eldest. At least they recognize themselves sinners.  
  • Jesus and the woman are left alone, face to face. 
      • Woman, where are your accusers? No one has condemned you?  
      • No one Sir.
      • Neither do I condemned you, go, do not sin anymore. Jesus has not come to condemn but to save, to restore, to seek what was lost. His word, his gaze,  his respect for this woman probably helped her not to sin anymore, to seek for the true love and not for the false love.  
    • We are all called to make Jesus’ salvation reach all, and avoid our condemnations which do not help anyone, because they do not come from love but from our falsehood and sin. 
    • We are all called to see each other as brothers and sisters, to feel sorry for our sins and for the sins of others, to give up our life as Christ gave up his life for the salvation of all, and thus make the kingdom of the Father present among us, little by little, person to person, one by one...   
Today I want to share with you some sentences from the writings of one of our Claretian Sisters, María Teresita Albarracín, who died very young, on March 12 1946, two month before her second renewal of vows and before turning 19 years old. Her cause of beatification has been introduced and the church has acknowledged her heroic virtues.    
  • My heart belongs to God; I  can only love him, in Him, for Him and to Him. I belong completely to God. 
  • I am going to consecrate myself to God by my religious profession. I am going to consecrate my body… my soul… mi heart… and what is consecrated to God, can only be used for the divine service. 
  • By the mercy of God, since my profession peace reigns in my heart, and a great joy fills all my being on remembering the consecration that I have made of myself to God our Lord.  
  • In spite of that I have felt dryness, distractions, repugnance, sadness, but in all this moments Jesus and Mary have supported me in such a way that I have even been able to smile, in spite of my tears. Blessed be God!    
  • I want to live completely surrendered in his arms, trusting without limits in his mercy.   In the abyss of your mercy I throw my miseries.
  • I trust in You, because you are my Jesus, because you are my spouse.
  • Good bye, Mother, I send you a kiss 
                                                    Within it my  poor heart is hidden  
                                                    With its weeds and little roses   
                                                    So that you may do with it a loving throne for you.  
  • At the end of her last poem entitled “Do not look at the gift but look at the giver” we read   
    What will you do now with the thorn?  
    Will you throw it with anger?  
    Kiss it, because the same love
     Gave to you the thorn and the rose.    
    Novice in Barcelona – Spain                                       Professed – painting  

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