The Weekend of April 6-7
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the Fifth Sunday of Lent.
In the Readings
First Reading Isaiah 43:16-21
During Lent, the First Readings tell the story of Salvation History in the Old Testament of the Bible. In this weekend’s First Reading, the Lord says to not dwell on what happened long ago because He is doing something new. The Lord says, “I put water in the desert and rivers in the wasteland for My chosen people to drink, the people whom I formed for myself, that they might announce my praise.”
Second Reading Philippians 3:8-14
In the Second Reading, St. Paul tells us he is wiling to lose everything so that he may gain Christ. He says we have no righteousness on our own. Righteousness comes from having faith in Jesus and His Resurrection. It is thought believing in Jesus and sharing in His sufferings that we too can attain the resurrection from the dead. Paul tells us to forget what lies behind us and focus on what lies ahead. He tells us to continue pursuing our goal, the prize of God’s upward calling, in Jesus.
Gospel John 8:1-11
In the Gospel, Jesus is teaching people in the temple when the scribes and Pharisees bring to Him a woman who was caught committing adultery. Testing Jesus, they ask what they should do with her saying, “in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” Jesus bends down and writes in the ground with His finger. He tells them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus then bends down again to write in the ground. The people begin to go away one by one, starting with the elders. When Jesus is alone with the woman, He asks her, “Where are they? Has no one condemned you?” When she replies, “No one, sir,” Jesus tells her “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
At the 5:00 Mass, we will recognize our candidates for Eucharist and Confirmation and for Confirmation as adults. Please pray for them as they prepare to enter into full union with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil!
After the 11:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member to God’s family through baptism!
Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
The crib for the Knights of Columbus’s annual “Baby Shower” in in the back of church until April 14. There is a list of needs posted. All proceeds will go to Birthright.
Picture Lent. You’re probably thinking about what you’re going to give up this year and what fish fries you’ll try to go to. While these are good things to do, we sometimes lose sight of what Lent is really calling us to. This season calls us to something much more wonderful and terrifying. It can be hard to think about, but Lent calls us to be transformed. This is a time to let the Holy Spirit into our lives and to allow our lives to be positively changed by that presence. Join us as we each ask, “How am I going to allow the Holy Spirit to transform me this Lent?”
This week’s focus is “Reform”
- Reform my understanding of death.
- Reform my desires to Christ’s.
- Reform my belief in the resurrection and my resistance to Christ’s call to life.
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