Today's Readings

Reading 1: Daniel  13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6
Gospel: John 8:1-11
Today's Reflection:
Mrs. Maureen Hufnagle
JPII Parent: John '12, Sheila '13, Billy '15, Danny '19

How well the Lord knows (and loves) us!

In today's gospel, Jesus is confronted by men who want to punish a woman caught in adultery. Jesus knows their sins, as well as He knows hers and, indeed, ours. Jesus' knowledge of us is matched by His love for us, and by His desire for us to be with Him eternally. In good and bad times, I know that Jesus is beside me, helping me to choose the right path.

Today's Psalm #23 says it best:

"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage."

In the gospel, Jesus reminds the men of their own sinfulness: "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." The men gradually leave.  Jesus then tells the woman, as He tells each of us: "Go, and from now on do not sin anymore."

With the companionship and courage that come from Jesus, we can do this, too.
St. John Paul II High School & St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School