Voices of Faith

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Dear Friends:

Progressing on our Lenten pilgrimage we encounter bumps along the way. Sometimes there are distractions from our resolve, temptations to turn away from the Lord even as we have committed to “turn away from sin.” It can be downright discouraging to feel so torn when we know in our hearts what is right and good. Human weakness mixes with the divine grace, however, and power of God makes more of us than we would otherwise be. We are more than the sum of our actions because God has created us and is always renewing us. Today’s gospel encounter with the woman caught in sin is a case in point. She is not identified by name but only by her faults, but Jesus calls her to become something more and sends her forth free from sin. We don’t know who this person was, but we can wonder what that encounter and the gift of forgiveness did for her. Conversion is about change, and most of the followers of Jesus had some past that they left behind. Maybe this woman would become a faithful or pivotal member of the early Church mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. The same possibility is laid before each of us as we encounter the Lord who comes to save us. What might the Lord be calling you to leave behind? What might he be calling you to do as you go forth?

This week is our “week of Reconciliation,” with opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for Holy Week and Easter on Monday afternoon and evening and on Thursday throughout the day (with Eucharistic Adoration from 9 am to 9 pm, concluding with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament). The full schedule of times and priests available here. What better way to heed the Lord’s call to conversion in these days than by bringing our faults before him and hearing his words “Your sins are forgiven” and “Go, and sin no more!”

God’s peace as we prepare to walk with the Lord to his Cross!

Fr. Rick