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5th Sunday of Lent, C Year

Sunday, April 07, 2019

The first reading today tells about choosing a new nation by God, a nation which will relate always the glory of God. God, Yahweh has chosen a new nation because he undertook a new strategy toward his people, i.e. a tactics of love. We read that God wants to open a way in the desert and in the wasteland, irrigate them with water “for his chosen people to drink, that they could announce His praise.” Of course, it is about the coming of the Son of God who will bring a new spiritual life spreading it whenever it is not expected, i.e. in the deserted places of a human condition, where sin and perdition rules. And exactly to those hopeless places, God introduces a rescue for his people. From this perspective we understand better today’s gospel teaching. The adulterous woman and the behavior of the scribes and the Pharisees, who want to stone her for her sins according to the Law of God, represent a corrupt people of the Old Testament, a barren desert that never has the possibility to give fruit. Only the attitude of Jesus Christ, who shows a new plan of the merciful pardoning of God, in this infertile land of deceit and hypocrisy of the Pharisees, in which was immerse the Old Testament spirituality, is able to introduce a new quality, creating a new people of God. This chosen nation will request a doctor, able to cure its spiritual sickness and that way it will praise his God in Spirit and truth. There are two reasons why it will work: no one is free of the charge of sins, then everyone should judge first himself and judging others should be left to the competence of God, thinking about himself as well. It is exactly the insinuation from Jesus to the Pharisees: “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her (…). Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” Let this lesson of humility and correct spirituality lead us in this Lenten season.