April 6, 2019
5th Sunday of Lent - C (April 7, 2019)
Knowing One’s Own Sins
Hearing Jesus’ words “let the one among you who is without sin …” the people all “went away one by one, beginning with the elders.”
Knowing one’s own sins, through the work of conscience, is a gift from God.
The people in this Gospel passage were challenged to look at their own sins.
In forgiving the woman, Jesus also helped her to recognize her sin.
Once we have known our sins then we can change.
Besides, the awareness of our sins and that we are sinners help us to realize our needs for God’s mercy and forgiveness. Moreover, this awareness can help us grow in appreciation for God’s mercy.
Image source: Jacopo Tintoretto - Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery,