Today is Monday, the 7th of April, in the Fifth Week of Lent.

The St Thomas Music Group sing the Kyrie by Margaret Rizza: Kyrie eleison; Christe eleison:  Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy. These imploring words, which have been sung for centuries, are a reminder of the inexhaustible mercy of God, of God’s unfailing compassion and forgiveness.  As I listen, I might think for a moment about my need for that forgiveness, and the need, too, for me to show that same forgiveness to others.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

As you imagine that scene with the woman and her accusers, what do you notice about your own reactions to her situation? What would you want to do or say?

The people referred to Jesus as ‘Teacher’ – how might Jesus be teaching you as you listen to him? What are you receiving from this wise and compassionate teacher? What is he saying about your own life?

As you listen again to the gospel consider Jesus’s words of wisdom and compassion in the face of people trying to test him. Notice what feelings are stirred in you.

Spend a few moments now, just talking to God about the feelings and thoughts that have arisen in you as you listened to the Gospel.  You might find yourself talking about your own need for Jesus’s compassion, to hear ‘neither do I condemn you’ or simply talk to God about what is in your heart.