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Sunday, March 29, 1998

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5th Sunday of Lent

Isaiah 43:16-21
Philippians 3:8-14
Psalm 126
John 8:1-11

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the victim-victor

"They were posing this question to trap Him, so that they could have something to accuse Him of." —John 8:6

Jesus saved an adulteress from being executed (Jn 8:1ff). He made sure that justice was not done. In doing this, He did nothing for the victims of the adulteress' sin-crime. Jesus seems to have disregarded the broken hearts of the spouse or spouses cheated on, the disturbed and confused families traumatized by the adultery, and the moral climate of that society further warped by sin. Jesus' mercy to the adulteress seems unjust to and even merciless to her victims.

However, shortly afterward, Jesus was in agony the night before His crucifixion. Here Jesus assured justice and mercy for all victims by deciding to atone for all sins, heal all broken hearts, restore all families, and transform all human societies. Jesus, by becoming the ultimate Victim on Calvary, gave justice and mercy, love and life to all the victims and victimizers — to all the innocent victims and guilty ones.

Victims and victimizers, give your lives to Jesus, the Victim-Victor, and share in His victory.

Prayer:  Father, may I "know Christ and the power flowing from His resurrection; likewise to know how to share in His sufferings by being formed into the pattern of His death" (Phil 3:10).

Promise:  "See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" —Is 43:19

Praise:  Praise and honor to You, Lord Jesus Christ! Praise You crucified and risen!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 26, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1997