April 2, 2022

April 3, 2022
5th Sunday of Lent

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We love to make examples out of those who have erred and done wrong. Publicly punishing others serves as a means of demonstrating the consequences for what is deemed inappropriate or wrongful behavior. While this may appear an effective way of achieving conformity to established rules, it runs the real risk of distorting motivation. Obviously, we want people to do what is right and pursue healthy, virtuous behaviors and ideals. But is fear of punishment ever the best motivation for avoiding one action in favor of another?

Doing something out of fear is never healthy. Focusing exclusively on our behavior and what others expect or think, leads to living life with a self-focused superficiality. We become more concerned about protecting ourselves from something negative and unpleasant, than investing ourselves in the freedom, wonder and awe of being human! We can still find our way to the unacceptable or inappropriate behavior as long as we do not get caught! Being a whole, focused, and God-centered human being requires more. It demands an investment of the heart. Virtuous, moral, and mature lifestyles reflective of the Gospel necessitate love.

When we experience and recognize love, God’s unconditional love, in the depth of our soul, we fall in love with what we have found. We then find ourselves leaving destructive and sinful actions behind in search of something more holy, dignified, true, integral, and loving. This is really “mercy realized.” God’s tremendous, loving, eternal forgiveness and willingness to bring us back to something more real and tender is transformational. The respect for myself that I receive from God is so life changing that it causes me to run quickly away from anything sinful and self-destructive to things that are whole and holy. 

There are many people who want nothing more than to judge or criticize us. What would actually stoning the woman caught in adultery really accomplish? Nothing more than the inflation of the already self-righteous egos of a few men who think they have power. They have no power because they are sinners too, just like everyone else. What all of us have is the humble ability to express sorrow for pursuing destructive thoughts and actions and receive the power of God’s mercy. Then, Jesus’ request to “go and sin no more” will be one we proudly heed and follow.



3 de abril de 2022
5º Domingo de la Cuaresma

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Como sociedad, estamos muy habituados a juzgar y condenar a la ligera. En cualquier circunstancia, opinamos sin saber los hechos y fácilmente condenamos a las personas, sin conocer las circunstancias que estas gentes viven.  Hoy, el Evangelio nos invita a corregir esa parte de nuestra persona que nos mete en serios aprietos por juzgar a la ligera. El Papa Francisco también nos hace enfocar en la parte importante que Jesús muestra a la mujer que fue encontrada en adulterio. “En el Evangelio de hoy Jesús salva de la condena de muerte a la mujer adúltera. Las palabras que Jesús utiliza son palabras de amor y misericordia, son palabras que invitan a la conversión”. “Tampoco yo te condeno. Vete y en adelante no vuelvas a pecar” (Juan 8:11).

Por envidia o por coraje, los enemigos de Jesús pretendían ponerle una trampa para, de una vez por todas, tomarlo por sorpresa y poder acusarlo de no cumplir la ley.  Jesús era pura bondad y misericordia, sus actos eran solo para hacer el bien a las personas. Sus milagros ayudaban a superar la pobreza y la injusticia. Ahora, después de escuchar el Evangelio, y a una semana del Domingo de Ramos, cabe que nos preguntemos lo siguiente: ¿Cuántas cosas hacemos en contra de los otros por envidia o por venganza? ¿Hemos enmendado nuestra conducta en esta Cuaresma que está por terminar? ¡Jesús, te lo pido, desde el fondo de mi corazón, enséname a ser misericordioso con los demás! “Todavía es tiempo, dice el Señor, conviértanse a mí de todo corazón, porque soy compasivo y misericordioso” (Joel 2:12-13). ©LPi