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Fifth Sunday of Lent C
March 13, 2016

Study of the Readings

Ed. by
Joyce Ann Zimmerman, et al.

• Words, Phrases
• To the point

• First Two Readings

Let the Scriptures Speak

Hamm, SJ

the Stoners

Jesus says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Is Jesus suggesting that the criminal law and legal punishment can only be administered by sinless people?


Historical Cultural Context

John J. Pilch

Jesus As Judge

The question in this story of the woman caught in adultery is: Why did the Pharisees and scribes bring her to Jesus? How was he perceived to be competent to judge?


The Word Embodied

Kavanaugh, SJ

Resenting Forgiveness

We try so hard, not only to win the game of life, but to merit eternal life itself. We think our efforts count so much; we hack away at our salvation. And we may well resent it when others find forgiveness.


from the
Early Church

Augustine of Hippo

Looking into themselves, they realized their guilt, and one by one they all went out. Two remained behind: the miserable woman, and Mercy.


Scripture In Depth

Reginald H. Fuller

Only by becoming like Christ in his death, only by sharing his suffering and by living under the “not yet,” can the Apostle know the power of Christ’s resurrection now, and eventually attain the resurrection when Christ returns.