March 13th, 2016

Published on Mar 12th, 2016 by Parish Office | 0
Rodolpho Bernardelli: Cristo e a mulher adúltera, mármore, 1881

Rodolpho Bernardelli: Cristo e a mulher adúltera, mármore, 1881

 

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

This weekend we want to especially look at the corporal work of mercy “to free those who are in prison.” There are many kinds of captivities, many kinds of prisons people find themselves locked in.

The prison of addiction and the prison of sin are two that are illustrated in our gospel today.  Of surprising note is Jesus’ response to the woman to simply go and sin no more.  Indeed he calls her to a change of heart through the power of his love.  Again the mercy of God is illustrated in a way that does not make sense on human terms.  But biblical mercy, which is the mercy of God, is not like the human value.  In human ways we seek mercy only through forgiveness or retribution.  But God’s way is to desire nothing but the good of the other and to help them to become all that they can be.

As we pray the Lord’s prayer together during mass this weekend let us be especially aware of the call to forgive us we are forgiven.  We are forgiven as is the woman caught in adultery by our loving and merciful God who asks us only to go and sin no more.

May we trust in God enough to imitate God’s love and mercy.

With love,

Fr. Tom

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