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Fifth Sunday of Lent (C)

Is 43:16-21; Phil 3:8-14; 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."Jn 8:1-11

WOW!! When I read this story I can't wait until my heart can react the way Jesus did. If our daily journey is to be more like Him, How many times today can you say you've reached across the lines of accusation to forgive someone like that?  It's forgiveness that frees you from the chains and bondage of the law.  It's forgiveness that gives you the power over sin and death.  It's forgiveness that let's someone experience the Love God has shown, not only in this story, but on the cross.

Mary-magdalene-stoned-jesus But some of you are like the woman.

You've been caught in sin. 
Your accusers stand to execute.
You're broken and spiritually you reach out for the hand of mercy for help.

Let me assure you today, Jesus is there.

He's not only there for a free hand of compassion, but He's there to share with you a life free from the sin you live in today. 
He's there to lift you off the dirty floor, look your accusers in the eye, defend your dignity as a child of God, and let you go...FREE!

You see, so many people think Christianity is about some lame set of rules and regulations, when actually it's just the opposite.  I don't do the things I do out of obligation, as much as I do them because the God of the Universe found me laid out before my accusers, and offered a new life to me. He gave me the dignity to live in this world free from angry mobs, and sinful shame.  He reached out and said, "Andy I don't accuse you any more.  Now go."

Isn't it about time you looked up at the teacher, and asked, "How can I be Free?"

For a life free from sin and shame, is a life on the journey to abundance.

Be free today.
Stop trying to justify yourself, and take heed.
Jesus has the power to forgive you and fill your spirit with a new life!

May He bless you today!

John Doherty

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