A Reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent

“The first to throw a stone” John’s Gospel masterfully paints two contrasting scenes. We can easily visualize the first scene: a screaming angry mob almost gone crazy and each with a stone in hand. They were literally looking for blood. A woman had been caught in an act of adultery. (It took two to commit adultery, but the man had melted away!) They demanded that religious laws be applied, and that the woman be stoned to death. They tested Jesus: “What do you say?” They were angry men, who in all likelihood were scapegoating – their righteousness was likely to be a veneer for jealousy, feelings of respectability and superiority, desires for revenge, a loathing for certain people or for some segments of society, an interpretation of what “real” religion should be like ….

A Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent

An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. The words ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’ from the Gospel of Matthew are often seen as a warning against violent retribution. However, considering today’s gospel reading - the parable of the Prodigal Son - the saying gains new meaning in terms of how we should show forgiveness.

A Reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

We live on borrowed time. My father often references a Polish phrase that roughly translates as ‘Silly hair runs away from a wise head’. According to his theory, he is slowly but surely becoming very wise indeed! And while I might currently get a good laugh from my ‘follically-challenged’ father, it is inevitable that, thanks to my genes, I too will become very ‘wise’ one day.