Moved to Greater Love
Moved to Greater Love

Monday, April 7

Today’s Grace

I pray for the grace to be united with the Lord Jesus in his vision as I journey with Him to Jerusalem and the cross.

Scripture/Reading

Reading via the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website:

Jn 8:1-11
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Reflection Questions

  1. In the encounter with the woman caught in adultery, the crowds want to condemn and stone her to death, but Jesus responds, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” How have I judged and “stoned” others, while being blinded to my own sinfulness? What areas in my life are hardened and weigh heavily on my heart?
  2. Jesus reassures the woman that he does not condemn her and tells her to go and sin no more. What aspects of my life does Jesus need to enter into to forgive or heal?
  3. Jesus shows deep mercy and compassion for the woman caught in adultery. Where am I called to restore the dignity of the human person, as Christ did, in my work and life?

Reflection

In the Hands of God
by Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Pedro Arrupe composed this prayer after he suffered a debilitating stroke while serving as Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.

But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.

It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.

From “A Fire that Kindles Other Fires” - Decree 2 of the Society of Jesus’ General Congregation 35:

To follow Christ bearing his Cross means announcing his Gospel of hope to the many poor who inhabit our world today. The world’s many ‘poverties’ represent thirsts that, ultimately, only he who is living water can assuage. Working for his Reign will often mean meeting material needs, but it will always mean much more, because human beings thirst at many levels; and Christ’s mission is directed to human beings. Faith and justice; it is never one without the other. Human beings need food, shelter, love, relationship, truth, meaning, promise, hope. Human beings need a future in which they can take hold of their full dignity; indeed they need an absolute future, a ‘great hope’ that exceeds every particular hope.

All of these things are already present in the heart of Christ’s mission, which, as was particularly evident in his healing ministry, was always more than physical. In healing the leper, Jesus restored him to the community, gave him a sense of belonging. Our mission finds its inspiration in this ministry of Jesus. Following Jesus, we feel ourselves called not only to bring direct help to people in distress, but also to restore entire human persons in their integrity, reintegrating them in community and reconciling them with God. This frequently calls for an engagement that is long-term, be it in the education of youth, in the spiritual accompaniment of the Exercises, in intellectual research, or in the service of refugees. But it is here, aided by grace and drawing on whatever professional capacities we may have that we try to offer ourselves to God fully, for his service.


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