April 7th, 2019

V Sunday of Lent

Year C

Scribes and Pharisees, placing the woman in the middle, lead her into the space of Jesus, where we can be found in him, in his justice.

Is 43,16-21; PS 125 (126); Phil 3,8-14; Jn 8,1-11

After having spoken, in the second Christological chapter, the kenosis of the Son, now, in the third chapter of the letter to the Philippians, Paul speaks of his own stripping, of his own kenosis, which led him to consider what was before a loss gain, to be “found in Christ” and know the power of his resurrection. In Greek there is the same verb “to find” (eurisko) already resonated in the Christological hymn: Christ made himself “found” as a man so that we could be “found in him”. This is in fact the space of life, of salvation, of mercy. Bringing the adulterous woman to Jesus, scribes and Pharisees “put her in the middle”. They presume to take her to a place of condemnation; without knowing it they lead her to a space of salvation, in the space of Jesus, where we can be found in him, in that justice that does not come from our works but from faith in him. God, who always does a “new thing”, as Isaiah prophesies, makes our life especially new. Scribes and the Pharisees are leaving. This space reveals their sin: no one can throw the first stone. But leaving, they cannot receive, like the woman who remains, the novelty of the word of Jesus who forgives, saves, renews.

Commentary by Comunità di Dumenza

Translation by f. Mark Hargreaves, Prinknash Abbey

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