First Reading: Isaiah 43:16-21
“In the desert I make a way.”
Am I holding on to past hurts, disappointments, losses and resentments that do not allow me to see something new in my life; to see the springs in the desert?
Second Reading: Philippians 3:8-14
“I continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.”
Do I find strength in my suffering knowing that the Lord is truly with me? Next week is Passion Week but have I thought of all of the moments of sacrifice and suffering the Lord made throughout human existence to be with me and save me from despair?
Gospel: John 8:1-11
“Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
When have I been self-righteous and condemning of others? Where do my prejudices lie? Whom do I discriminate against? Whom have I condemned in my mind and heart because of their behavior?
Am I able to see anything good in the political party to which I do not belong? What are some of the prejudices I might be carrying from my upbringing?
Collect some stones and write some of your condemnations against others on them. Next, hold each stone and ask God to help you forgive, and then dispose of the stone.
O God, whose rain of mercy falls over everyone and restores us to new life through forgiveness, help me to be more like you. Amen.