Monday of 5th Week of Lent

Jesus’ Mercy and Compassion Requires Our Mercy and Compassion to One Another

A preacher once preached on Jacob’s ladder leading up to heaven. His son was very impressive. A few days later, he told his dad that he had a dream of a ladder leading to heaven. “Tell me what you saw in your dream,” his dad asked. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a ladder leading up to the sky. There were many markers at the bottom of the ladder, and people had to use these markers to write all their sins on the way to go up to the sky.” “Awesome! What else did you see?” his dad asked. “I saw myself climbing up on the ladder,” he responded, “and not too far, I saw someone coming down.” “Who’s that?” his dad asked. “It was you dad,” he replied. “Me?” his dad said, “Why did I go down?” “You went down to get some more marker.”

In today’s readings, they both reported a story of a woman. In the first reading, taken from the book of the prophet Daniel, retells a story of a woman by the name Susanna who was accused wrongly by the two elder, but she was saved by the young prophet Daniel. In today’s Gospel, an adulterous woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, but she was saved by the Lord Jesus. Both of these women were brought to judge by the elders, the scribes and the Pharisees those who had high status in the society.

What interested was why did these pious and high status men in the society want to kill people? Those elders in the first reading, even though they were judges, they accused Susanna wrongly to cover up their own evil deeds. The men in the Gospel, on the other hand, wanted to kill the adulterous woman to show that they were righteous and just following the laws of Moses. Better than the men in the first reading, the men in the Gospel also wanted to trap Jesus so to have a chance to put him to death as well. It seemed that people could wear a mask of righteous and just and pious to cover their evil thoughts and evil acts.

The Lord Jesus was sad because of their fake, their evil masks and evil deeds. He taught them by saying, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” In response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. When Jesus left alone with the adulterous woman, he said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” How awesome it is to be forgiven by the Lord Jesus. Let us come to the Lord Jesus to acknowledge our sins, and so to receive his mercy and forgiveness. But let us learn not to judge or criticize one another first, before we come and seek God for forgiveness that we offended him through our brothers and sisters. Decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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