Sunday, April 7, 2019

Pope Francis "...we all have the "mobile phone" of Jesus, and we can all "connect" with Jesus, and there "there is always a connection"


Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to the Roman Parish of San Giulio 
Meeting with sick and elderly

Woman:

We would like to thank you for your visit, a privilege, and we welcome your visit with us with great gratitude as a gift from the Lord. We must thank her because, in all these years, she took us lovingly by the hand and brought us to Jesus. Bless us, Father, we are sure that this meeting will be fruitful for all of us. We will always pray for you, we assure you of our continuous prayer because we love you so much!

Man:

Good evening, Your Holiness, I found the inspiration for this poem in St. Peter's Square when, together with thousands of faithful, we waited to meet you, the new Pope. So tell that moment. It is written in Roman dialect, we hope that it does not create problems for you. Do so:

"Er smoke appears for the fifth time, let's hope this is the right time! Then I hear a scream, people have noticed: er smoke is white! And the echo resonates. Immediately in the square the comments are born: "Soon, question, feel who elected, that emotion makes me dance their teeth!" "But stay calm, don't make the little stick." Then, as if by magic, thousands of Christians are aiming you curiously at the window: here, look out! Let's beat his hands as he puts his feet on the balcony! She introduces herself and says: "Bonasera, sorry if I come from far away. I know Francesco, I know Pope from tonight. " People think: "How is it, captain?" That unusual, cordial "bonasera" removes all doubts from the perplexed people. 'This is a friend - he thinks - less badly, it also resembles Christ enormously: with that humble, sensible aspect, which at the sight of him, is steeped in words, de dije na prayer that he prayed, and silence was orare my flies away. What have I been doing since? I'm so excited, I find myself written earlier when the pen traced on the Pope! Am I wrong, will I have the right? I feel excited about this event, so I really did taste of it that so many of them have understood it, and finally we have the right Pope! Hurray for the Pope! "

Pope Francis
Thank you, thank you very much! In the greeting the lady said that you were happy because Pietro came today. It is true the Pope is the successor of Peter, but this morning, one made me - a thirty year old boy more or less - he told me: "But it is true what our grandmother told us, that the Pope as Peter's successor has Peter's phone number and calls him? " It's the first time I've heard it! It is funny! No, I don't have Pietro's cell phone, but I try to do what Jesus asked Peter to "confirm": to confirm the brothers in faith, in hope, in charity. And tell you that, yes, there is old age, there are diseases, there are so many problems, but there is Jesus. And Jesus never disappoints, never! "But, Lord, I am suffering ...". And Jesus says: "I too know what suffering is". All the complaints we can make to Jesus, He transforms them into prayer and presents them to the Father, because He passed through all these things before us. Don't forget Jesus. Yes, long live the Pope, long live Peter, but Jesus, Jesus! The other things without Jesus do not serve, they do not go forward. And how to find Jesus? He listens to us, He sees us, He loves us. Simply speak with our words, and even complain: "Oh yes, but Lord, it's too much, it's too much, it's too much ...". Yes, say it, he understands. But do not forget: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I do not have the mobile phone of Peter, but we all have the "mobile phone" of Jesus, and we can all "connect" with Jesus, and there "there is always a connection", always, always! He always listens to us, because He is like that, close to us.

Thank you, thank you for your welcome and your prayers. And pray for me, don't forget. Now I will pray for you.

Now let's pray to Our Lady together.

BLESSING

Meeting with Children

GIRL:

Welcome, Your Holiness, we hope that our greetings, the joy and the emotion we feel when we see you reach you ...

BOY:

In this structure that has been our church for three years a fundamental part of the Christian journey is gathered, beginning with the children in the last few years baptized, continuing with the children and young people who are preparing for Communion and Confirmation, up to the teenagers, to young people and their accompanying catechists. Since we heard from our parish priest Father Dario that you would preside over the Rite of Dedication of the Church of San Giulio we prepared to welcome you at best and, as you can well imagine, many of us would have liked to ask you questions.

GIRL:

Eleonora and Carlotta will do it on behalf of everyone.

ELEONORA:

Have you ever fed the poor in person?

Pope Francis
Yes, I have done it, several times, it is something that all Christians must do, to feed the poor in person. All of us in a moment of life we ​​were like the poor, we didn't know how to eat, it was the mother who nursed us, made us grow, fed us ... We too. Others do not have to eat even when they are grown-ups, children like you, for example, they do not have to eat because their father does not have a job, and then they go hungry in that house. All of us should always do this gesture of feeding others as God feeds us. Thank you.

QUESTION:

Holy Father, good evening. I am Carlotta, I am 20 years old and I am one of the leaders of adolescents. In these months we have reflected with the boys on the relationship with God and doubts have arisen along the way. As Jesus said: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?", We too, when life puts us to the test, ask the same question. How can we entrust ourselves unreservedly to Him? Did you also doubt during your journey? If so, how did he find faith again?

Pope Francis
Thank you. Everyone, all men, all women, all children at a certain moment have doubts, it is part of life to doubt. And to doubt is also a little to test God: if it is true that He is faithful, if it is true that He listens to us ... Our doubts come, for example, when there is a disease in the family, or when it is lacking father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother ... "Lord, why?" The doubts always come. At that moment we must bet on one thing: on the faithfulness of Jesus. Jesus is faithful, he is the only totally faithful. We are faithful to friends, but sometimes we are not faithful to each other. Jesus instead always. It is a fidelity that never disappoints, before or after the Lord makes himself heard. Don't be afraid of doubts, don't be afraid to doubt. I doubt, but this doubt I can share it with others, discuss and so grow. Do not be afraid. You, as the person responsible for the confirmations, teach them to doubt well, because if they do not learn to doubt, some Romans will say of Confirmation: the "sacrament of farewell". After Confirmation, best wishes and see each other ... And they leave, because they don't know how to handle doubts. Instead if you, as a person responsible, teach them to doubt well and to seek strong answers, true to the doubts, you prepare them so that Confirmation is not the sacrament of farewell, but the Sacrament of strength, which the Holy Spirit gives us. I don't know if I answered ..., or you want me to say something more ...

CARLOTTA:

With the boys we asked ourselves if you too, who is the greatest representative of the faith, if in your life it has ever happened to you to have strong doubts that really put you to the test and how you managed to get out of it.

Pope Francis
I had so many doubts, many, many. In front of the calamities, but also to the things that had happened to me, in my life. How I managed to get out ... I think I didn't go out alone, you can never get out of doubt by yourself. It takes the company of someone to help you move forward, so it's important to always be in a group, together, with friends ... You can never be alone. It also helps us to talk about doubts with parents or friends or with a catechist ... but always talk to another. And then talk about doubts with Jesus. Sometimes I heard someone say, "I don't talk to Jesus because he ruined my life. I am angry with Jesus ... ". But even getting angry with Jesus can be a way of praying; is to say to Jesus: "Look at this thing, it makes me angry ...". Jesus likes to see the truth of our heart. Don't pretend in front of Jesus. Before Jesus you always have to say things as you hear them. "I have this doubt, I don't believe it ... I have this, this other ...". To talk like this, this is a beautiful prayer, and He is so patient, waiting for us.

A few days ago I received a letter from a boy, he will be around 30 years old, and he told me that after a failed engagement experience he was full of anguish. He used to say to me: "I am broken". So many times we feel like this, torn to pieces inside, all destroyed, with the great total doubt: what can I do? Look at Jesus, complain to Him, and look for a friend, a friend to help you uplift yourself. Always, even when we have fallen - and in life we ​​all have falls, we all have - we must help to lift up those who have fallen. And think that the only time when it is permissible to look at a person from the top down is to help him lift himself up, otherwise one cannot look with superiority. Teach this too! Thank you.

BOY:

Your Holiness, now Greta and Maria Chiara would like to give you some drawings made by the children of the Elementary School of Piazza Forlanini, who are marrying a charitable project called "Eccediamo", which consists in giving advanced snacks to the most needy.

DELIVERY OF GIFTS

MARY AND BLESSED RECEIVING

Pope Francis
Thank you, thank you very much! In the greeting the lady said that you were happy because Pietro came today. It is true the Pope is the successor of Peter, but this morning, one made me - a thirty year old boy more or less - he told me: "But it is true what our grandmother told us, that the Pope as Peter's successor has Peter's phone number and calls him? " It's the first time I've heard it! It is funny! No, I don't have Pietro's cell phone, but I try to do what Jesus asked Peter to "confirm": to confirm the brothers in faith, in hope, in charity. And tell you that, yes, there is old age, there are diseases, there are so many problems, but there is Jesus. And Jesus never disappoints, never! "But, Lord, I am suffering ...". And Jesus says: "I too know what suffering is". All the complaints we can make to Jesus, He transforms them into prayer and presents them to the Father, because He passed through all these things before us. Don't forget Jesus. Yes, long live the Pope, long live Peter, but Jesus, Jesus! The other things without Jesus do not serve, they do not go forward. And how to find Jesus? He listens to us, He sees us, He loves us. Simply speak with our words, and even complain: "Oh yes, but Lord, it's too much, it's too much, it's too much ...". Yes, say it, he understands. But do not forget: Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. I do not have the mobile phone of Peter, but we all have the "mobile phone" of Jesus, and we can all "connect" with Jesus, and there "there is always a field", always, always! He always listens to us, because He is like that, close to us.

Thank you, thank you for your welcome and your prayers. And pray for me, don't forget. Now I will pray for you.

Now let's pray to Our Lady together.

BLESSING

Thanks for the welcome.


POPE FRANCIS:

And pray for me! But I saw something strange there ... Can you make the sign of the cross well? Let me see ... "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit", and someone does so [imitates the sign of the evil cross]. Let's do it well together! "In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit". And so you have to do it. Bye thank you!

Meeting with the group of the living Nativity

Woman:

Holy Father, we are honored to welcome you and meet you on this very important day, which we consider to be a renewal of our parish both in the walls and above all in the spirit. In particular we represent the reality of the living Nativity, of the parish of San Giulio: "Come, adoremus". In front of her, she sees a small group of people representing the whole community who participated in the creation of the crib in a totalizing, complete and living way. There were also many children, many young people, about 400 people including extras and staff. We have a story as brief as it is intense and important. In the last three years, a simple neighborhood parish has been able to create the living crib for the entire city of Rome and its visitors with its own strength and with the grace of God.

Man:

Our original aim of collecting offers for the reconstruction of the roof of our church has become over time a gift for our fellow citizens and faithful who in every representation of the nativity scene decided to share with us the true meaning of Christmas, living the mystery and emotions of the nativity and the family. In fact, from the first performances made in the areas adjacent to our church and oratory we arrived in the heart of the city of Rome, at the beautiful archaeological site of Porta Asinaria, in front of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, with the support and patronage of the vicariate and the municipality of Rome. We are direct witnesses of a beautiful story of sharing, brotherhood and solidarity, sacrifice for the common good. A tangible example of patience, faith, but above all of Christian joy. The images that the monitor is reproducing are a vivid reminder of the experiences we have experienced over the past three years.

Man:

Holy Father, what we want to offer you today and share is the love that becomes fruitful. It is the profuse commitment of the community of San Giulio of which we represent a small part, simple people of a parish, who have put together their energies, their passions, skills and talents, succeeding in a business that to his it seemed impossible, and Father Dario can tell him. It seemed really impossible! What we have achieved would not have been feasible without the active participation of friends from the Piubega community, represented here by our friends and brothers. The community of Piubega, a town in the Mantua area where our parish priest, Father Dario Frattini, exercised [the ministry] before arriving in our parish, has thirty years of experience in the construction and representation of the living nativity scene. Today we like to think that the new church and that new roof is there also thanks to the hard work, the services and the emotions that the community of San Giulio has offered in the realization of what to all of us seems to be a true, small, great miracle. The living crib of Rome. Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave us, for being here with us. Thanks a lot!

Pope Francis

Take a seat. I saw who made Herod ... And who made St. Joseph?

Man:

St. Joseph? There is no ... The parish priest!

Pope Francis

Ah, you! And the Baby Jesus, is there?

Man:

My daughter made Maria.
Pope Francis


You did Mary, how nice! And the Child Jesus who made it? Is there not? ... All right. I would like to ask another question but I will do it later, first I will tell you something that happened last year, no, the other year, 2017. For Christmas time, in a very secular European country, very secular - every religious symbol in public offices is forbidden, nothing, there is neither a Christian symbol nor a Jewish symbol nor a Muslim symbol, no, all secular - it could not be done, but the mayor of that small city thought that the crib is beyond, a symbol beyond religion, it is also a cultural symbol, it calls everyone back ... He thought so and made a beautiful crib at the entrance to the office where he worked, the mayor. And happy people, because people don't follow these stupid things to think that since it's a secular country you can't make the crib. But the news came to the prefect of the region of that country, who got angry because what the mayor had done went against the secular state. He picks up the phone, calls the mayor and says: "How did you let the pastor ..." - "No, I did it!" - "But how?" - "Yes, but people are happy. Now that we don't remove it ... "-" Yes, you have to take it off! ", Says the prefect to the mayor. And the mayor replies: "Ah, too bad, because I wanted to pay homage to you too and I put your picture". And the prefect says: "How much time is still missing?" - "Two weeks, little ..." - "Okay, as a favor, yes". He had heard of the photograph and liked it. "But send me a picture later" - "Yes yes". Thus went the crib. But the photo didn't arrive, and he recalled: "And the photo? "-" Yes, I sent it ". The next day and recalls: "I received the photo but I do not see my photo, where did you put it?" - "Yes, it is there, it is there ..." - "But among the people?" - "Yes" - "I'll watch". He does not find it and recalls and says: "But I do not see myself there, tell me, which way?" - "In the left corner" - "But there is nothing there" - "Yes, it's your photo" - "Who is it?" - "It's the donkey!" This is historical, it is historical, it is not a fantasy, it happened in 2017. And I ask you: who made the donkey now? Who made the donkey? ... [RISATE]

Thanks for that. I did not know about this living crib, but today, while I had some time, I took some books that arrived to see it, they had arrived this week, and there was a small book called "Crib, the living Gospel ", Made by the bishop of Chieti, where there was the history of the Neapolitan crib: it is not clear, I do not understand anything, but it is beautiful. By chance I find this now, you ... "The crib is - I liked the title - the living Gospel". Think that St. Francis evangelized even with this: seeing Jesus, imitating Jesus, imitating the Madonna, imitating Joseph, imitating the simplicity of the shepherds, not imitating Herod! ... Go ahead! Thank you thank you.

GIRLS:

Dear Pope Francis, Chiara and Giulia we call ourselves, and today our experience tells you about it. Thanks to mom and dad, we lived a period in antiquity. Hearing people wish us good wishes, made us all so happy, identifying ourselves with the trades we remembered as it was yesterday. Looking at the lighted candle houses we took long walks. Every day we were present to open the doors. From children to the elderly, everyone was clapping their hands. We want to make the living nativity scene again, with the hope that you will come and find us!

Pope Francis

I will tell you something that is an avant-première, a news preview. This year we will do, with the dicastery of the New Evangelization, a day, a week of the crib, to push to make the crib in the houses, in the squares. This is news that they will give you from that Dicastery.

CHILD:

Dear Pope Francis, I am Giorgia and I am almost 9 years old. This year I will have my first Communion. Thanks to family catechesis I learned that communion means sharing with you the joy and love that I feel in my little heart.

Pope Francis

Now let's pray to Our Lady.

BLESSING

Pope Francis

Have these gone to Greccio? In the community? I invite them to go. You [addressing the pastor] organize and then talk about it. It is my invitation, I invite them: let them go. You prepare everything and then let me know.
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#BreakingNews Catholic Nuns who were Strangled with Rosary Beads return from Hospital in India - Please Pray


Asia News IT Report: Tamil Nadu: Nuns beaten by Hindu radicals released from hospital
The nuns suffered injuries in an attack against the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem. Hindu extremists tried to strangle them with Rosary beads.
Bishop Mascarenhas asks "What is this country coming to?"

New Delhi (AsiaNews) – The "four nuns wounded in the attack by Hindu radicals were discharged from hospital and are back in the convent,” said Sister Devaseer Mary, provincial superior of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, speaking to AsiaNews.
Please See the Original Story: https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2019/04/breakingnews-200-extremists-beat.html

The nuns in question were the victims of a vicious attack in Tamil Nadu by a crowd of 200 members of the extreme right-wing Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), who tried to strangle them with the rosary beads they wore around their necks.

"They were hospitalised for a few days,” Sister Devaseer explained, “first in the Kallakurichi Government Hospital, later at the Krishna Hospital in Cuddalore. Thanks to Divine Providence and the good guidance of our Lord, the sisters have recovered from pain and are now feeling better.”

The attack against the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem, a Catholic educational facility located some 260 kilometres south-west of Chennai (Madras), took place on 26 March.

The school is run by the congregation to which the superior belongs and was founded 74 years ago to educate children of poor families. Presently, some 2,150 students are enrolled.

The building was devastated: classrooms, desks, windows, auditoriums. The attackers did not spare the chapel.

The attack was apparently a reaction to the suicide of a 10th grade student who was disappointed by her poor exam results.

"It seems that the reason for the attack was money,” the nun said, “but it is impossible to know what was in their mind. They only did what political parties and some influential local figures told them to do." Currently, "six people have been arrested and many others are under investigation is underway.”

According to Mgr Theodore Mascharenhas, general secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), the incident "has nothing to do with money" since the nuns had already decided to help the student’s family before the desecration.

"For us, this attack is a very sad thing. The whole school was mourning the death of the girl. We love our pupils as if they were our children,” the prelate said.

"How is it possible for such a large crowd to act against a school? Why did no one stop them?" he asks. For the bishop, "power, violence left in the hands of a mob is a danger to everyone in India, not only for minorities. This is what troubles us. The problem is that in the country different groups are spreading a climate of hatred.”

"If it were just a question of money, they would not have desecrated the Crucifix. Even the attempt to strangle the sisters with their Cross, is a contempt of faith." Sadly, "Sisters strangled with the Crucifix? What is this country coming to?"

“In Indian culture sacred objects are sacred for everyone, regardless of religion,” Mgr Mascarenhas explained. “Such lack of respect, and the hatred caused by such lack of respect are the country’s greatest danger."

"We have already seen this kind of hatred in Kandhamal (2008 pogroms), in the killing of Rev Graham Staines in 1998 (burnt alive with two of his children), in various violent incidents, in the attack against schools in Sagar and Vidisha. As a people, the country must purge itself of such hatred.”
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Pope Francis " In this time of Lent we are called to recognize ourselves as sinners and to ask forgiveness from God." FULL TEXT + Video


ANGELUS

St. Peter's Square
V Sunday of Lent, 7 April 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

On this fifth Sunday of Lent, the liturgy presents the episode of the adulterous woman (see Jn 8: 1-11). It contrasts with two attitudes: that of the scribes and Pharisees on the one hand, and that of Jesus on the other. The former want to condemn the woman, because they feel the guardians of the Law and of its faithful application. Instead, Jesus wants to save her, because he impersonates the mercy of God who, by forgiving redeems and reconciles, renews.

So let's see the event. While Jesus is teaching in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees bring him a woman surprised in adultery; they place it in the middle and ask Jesus if he must be stoned to death, as the Law of Moses prescribes. The Evangelist specifies that they put the question "to test him and to have cause to accuse him" (v. 6). It can be assumed that their purpose was this - see the wickedness of these people: the "no" to stoning would have been a reason to accuse Jesus of disobedience to the Law; the "yes", instead, to denounce it to the Roman authority, which had reserved the sentences for itself and did not admit popular lynching. And Jesus must answer.

The interlocutors of Jesus are closed in the narrow of legalism and want to lock up the Son of God in their perspective of judgment and condemnation. But He did not come into the world to judge and condemn, but to save and offer people a new life. And how does Jesus react to this test? First of all he remains for a while in silence, and bends down to write with his finger on the ground, as if to remember that the only Legislator and Judge is God who had written the Law on stone. And then he says: "Whoever of you is without sin, throw the stone at her first" (v. 7). In this way Jesus appeals to the conscience of those men: they felt themselves "champions of justice", but He calls them to the awareness of their condition as sinful men, for which they cannot claim the right of life or death on their own similar. At that point, one after the other, starting with the oldest - that is, the most experienced of their own miseries - they all left, giving up the stone to stone the woman. This scene also invites each of us to become aware that we are sinners, and to leave fall from our hands the stones of denigration and condemnation, of chatter, which sometimes we would like to hurl against others. When we shoot others, we throw stones, we are like these.

In the end only Jesus and the woman remain, there in the middle: "the miserable and the mercy", says St. Augustine (In Joh 33.5). Jesus is the only one without fault, the only one who could throw the stone at her, but he does not, because God "does not want the death of the sinner, but that he be converted and live" (see Ez 33.11). And Jesus dismisses the woman with these stupendous words: "Go now and sin no more" (v. 11). And so Jesus opens a new road before her, created by mercy, a road that requires his commitment not to sin anymore. It is an invitation that is valid for each of us: when Jesus forgives us, he always opens a new path for us to move forward. In this time of Lent we are called to recognize ourselves as sinners and to ask forgiveness from God. And forgiveness, in turn, as it reconciles us and gives us peace, makes us start a renewed history. Every true conversion is aimed at a new future, at a new life, a beautiful life, a life free from sin, a generous life. We are not afraid to ask forgiveness from Jesus because He opens the door to this new life. May the Virgin Mary help us to witness to all the merciful love of God who, in Jesus, forgives us and makes our existence new, always offering us new possibilities.

 After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

I address a cordial greeting to all of you present here, faithful of Rome and of many parts of the world. Today there are so many school students!

I greet the Spanish students of La Coruña and Albacete; those of Telfs (Austria) and Colmar (France).

I greet the students of Bologna, Nicosia and Genoa, as well as those of the Lasallian schools of Turin and Vercelli, who recall the third centenary of the death of St. John the Baptist de la Salle.

A special thought I address to the boys of the Confirmation of Settignano, Scandicci, and those of the diocese of Saluzzo, accompanied by their Bishop Mons. Cristiano Bodo. Be courageous witnesses of Jesus and the Gospel! With confirmation we must always grow in courage, always be brave!

I greet the fourteen-year-old boys of the “Romana Vittoria” Deanery of Milan, the faithful of Pescara, Naples and Terni.

I wish you all a good Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Thank you.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. April 7, 2019 - Readings + Video - #Eucharist in Lent - 5th Sun. - C


Fifth Sunday of Lent – Year C Readings
Lectionary: 36

Reading 1IS 43:16-21

Thus says the LORD,
who opens a way in the sea
and a path in the mighty waters,
who leads out chariots and horsemen,
a powerful army,
till they lie prostrate together, never to rise,
snuffed out and quenched like a wick.
Remember not the events of the past,
the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
In the desert I make a way,
in the wasteland, rivers.
Wild beasts honor me,
jackals and ostriches,
for 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.

Responsorial PsalmPS 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6.

R. (3)  The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2PHIL 3:8-14

Brothers and sisters:
I consider everything as a loss
because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things
and I consider them so much rubbish,
that I may gain Christ and be found in him,
not having any righteousness of my own based on the law
but that which comes through faith in Christ,
the righteousness from God,
depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection
and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his death,
if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

It is not that I have already taken hold of it
or have already attained perfect maturity,
but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it,
since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.
Brothers and sisters, I for my part
do not consider myself to have taken possession.
Just one thing: forgetting what lies behind
but straining forward to what lies ahead,
I continue my pursuit toward the goal,
the prize of God’s upward calling, in Christ Jesus.

Verse Before The GospelJL 2:12-13

Even now, says the Lord,
return to me with your whole heart;
for I am gracious and merciful.

GospelJN 8:1-11

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”