This Sunday’s readings talk about God’s faithfulness, and the danger of the pursuit of perfection.  Through Isaiah, God promises the Jews a second exodus, better than the first. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, warns of false teachers, and explains that perfection is not attainable except through our faith in Christ.
Our Gospel is the famous story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus calls upon those attempting to stone the woman to cast the first stone if and only if they are without sin. But, by their actions, or more accurately, their lack of action, we realise that no-one, even the most self righteous, could claim the perfection necessary.
The lesson for us today, is to avoid the temptation to imagine ourselves so morally perfect, that we confuse ourselves with God and God’s law. Indeed such obsession, with law itself, might make us not only cruel and intolerant, but idolators: placing law above God.
Join Anthony Egan SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent.

Read the texts in your Bible or hover your mouse over the references below to see the texts:
Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:8-14; John 8:1-11.

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Image: ‘Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery’, Pieter Bruegel (1526-1569)