Gathered to celebrate the Eucharist, we are invited to welcome the love and mercy of God, poured out on us like rivers on dry land. Christ's Passover is manifested in hearts that seek communion with him; Let us therefore launch ourselves forward in our journey of faith, seeking to overcome the spirit of prejudice and condemnation.
Isaiah 43,16-21-16 This is what the LORD says, who made a way through the sea and a way through the rushing waters; 17that he put to waste chariots and horses, troops and brave men; for they are all dead and will not rise, they were smothered like a wick of cloth and were extinguished: 18 “Do not remember the past, do not look to past events. 19Behold, I will do new things, and they are coming into being: do you not recognize them? For I will open a road in the desert and make rivers flow on dry land. 20 The wild beasts, the dragons and the ostriches will glorify me, because I have caused water to flow in the desert and rivers in the dry land to give drink to my people, my chosen ones. 21 This people I created for myself, and they will sing my praises.”
Philippians 3,8-14- Paul's letter – Brethren, 8I count everything as loss in the face of the supreme advantage which consists in knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of him, I lost everything. I count everything as rubbish, in order to gain Christ and be found united with him, 9 not with my righteousness from the Law, but with the righteousness through faith in Christ, the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 This is to know Christ, to experience the power of his resurrection, to be in communion with his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 to see if I obtain the resurrection from the dead. 12Not that he has already received all this, or that he is already perfect. But I run to catch up with him, seeing that I have already been caught by Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I do not think I have already reached it. One thing, however, I do: forgetting what is behind, I launch myself for what is ahead. 14I am running straight toward the goal, toward the prize that God is calling me to receive in Christ Jesus from above.
Gospel: John 8,1-11-Glory to you, O Christ, Word of God.
Now, this is what the Lord says: / Turn your hearts to me, / for I am good, compassionate and forgiving (Joel 2:12f). - R.
The people go to meet Jesus, because they love him and enjoy being with him. There is a mutual love relationship and everyone feels welcomed. On the other hand, there are opponents who are always ready to get in the way of the fraternal and friendly encounter of Jesus with his people. These adversaries take an adulterous woman to Jesus to condemn her according to the law. After Jesus ordered anyone without sin to cast the first stone, all that remained, as Saint Augustine said, was the greatness of love and the smallness of that woman. She had been taken by those who wanted her doom. Our Lord, as always, did not miss the opportunity to transform that woman's life and to teach her accusers a good lesson, who left in shame. Changing his life is what he wants from us, for the good of the other and our salvation.