5th Sunday of Lent

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Originally delivered on April 5, 1992

Readings: Isaiah 43: 16-21; Philippians 3: 8-14; John 8:1-11

In this week’s homily, we hear of others’ reactions to Fr. Healy’s penchant for speaking emphatically and his rationale for becoming a lawyer.  But more importantly, he discusses the law as it relates to today’s Scripture readings.  In the Gospel about the woman about to be stoned for adultery, we are reminded how Jesus showed compassion to her as well as breaking the law when He says, “Let the one among you who has no sin be the first to cast a stone at her.”  He shares with us, his thoughts on various legal issues of the day.  He compels us to be called by today’s Gospel to remember that we must follow the law of love if we are to imitate Christ.

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