Faith and Family

Faith and Family for April 3: Fifth Sunday of Lent


First reading: Is 43:16-21

Second reading: Phil 3:8-14

Gospel: Jn 8:1-11

UNDERSTAND | By Father Greg Friedman, OFM

“It all depends on how you look at it.”

What I mean by that saying is that the knowledge and perspective we bring to any experience determines how we feel about that experience. For example, those old enough to remember the postwar era might recall scenes of big, modern factories belching smoke–hailed as a sign of prosperity. Now, we may look at such scenes with a sensitivity to environmental issues; our perspective is different. It all depends on how you look at it.

This Sunday’s Scriptures invite a similar change of perspective: Isaiah urges the people to forget about the Exodus-event, the passage through the Red Sea. Instead, the people are to take notice that God is doing something new.  Paul tells the Philippians how knowing Christ has caused him to consider everything else as “rubbish.” And Jesus himself turns accusation into forgiveness with a simple phrase inviting the scribes and Pharisees to look at a sinner from the perspective of their own sinfulness.

Lent is a time to alter our way of looking at ourselves and our world. What surprises await us this week, as we re-orient ourselves, based on our coming to know Jesus Christ.

DISCUSS | By Father Dan Kroger, OFM

In the first reading, Isaiah recalls how God liberated Israel from slavery in Egypt. What else is happening now?

In the second reading, Paul admits he has not taken hold of the resurrection. What matters most to him?

According to the Gospel, what answer did Jesus give to the scribes and pharisees about their question concerning the sinful woman?

ACT | By Susan Hines-Brigger

Think of a time when you judged someone else for their actions. Reflect on what that judgment said about yourself.

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