March 17, 2013: Fifth Sunday of Lent
Catholic Social Teaching: Rights and Responsibilities
“Human dignity is respected and the common good is fostered only if human rights are protected and basic responsibilities are met…” (49) Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB
First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
Psalm: 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Second Reading: Philippians 3:8-14
Gospel: John 8: 1-11
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“…sin most clearly manifests its violence and its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery by the leaders and the people…the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly.” (1851) From the Roman Missal, introduction to Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
How many stones do we keep in our judgmental arsenal, neatly stacked, polished and poised for attack? To condemn, fissure relationships or laud our superiority can be inflicted by stones of verbal malice. But if we are made in God’s image, why would we seek the violence of sin, against others and ourselves, instead of Divine unconditional love? Do we take time to reassess the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus as Lord, so we accept the loss of self-serving toxicity to live with faith? Each day may we continue the pursuit to let ourselves be taken possession of by Christ Jesus. So we are filled with joy and our tongues rejoice remembering not the dryness of the past, but doing something new. What new expressions of faith will spring forth from our lives this Lent, so we stop throwing judgmental stones of condemnation and offer reconciliation, hope and compassion?
Individual Reflection: John 8:1-11
Write five questions you feel Jesus is asking you. Prayerfully reflect upon them.
Family Reflection: John 8:1-11
Give each family member a stone and with a marking pen write a word or phrase to symbolize a judgmental tendency they will strive to cease doing. Then pass one stone at a time around the table and as a person receives the stone they say, “I will pray for you” to acknowledge their support for each family member’s faith to shed their judgmental focus.
List one or two upcoming events, legislative action alerts or social justice web sites.
By Barb Born March 8, 2013 The reflection maybe used in parish bulletins, newsletters or for faith sharing groups without copyright concerns.