Daily Reflection- Monday, March 30th, 2020
In today’s Readings (Daniel 13:1-62; John 8: 1-11), we are called to place our hope in the Lord, in all life situations.
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, Susanna and the Elders, 1647
We hear of two women who found hope in God in their impossible plights. In the First Reading, Susanna was falsely accused by two evil men of betraying her husband. As she was being led to her executioner, Susanna prayed to God for help. With the intervention of the prophet Daniel, the truth was revealed, justice was vindicated, Susanna’s life was saved, and people in the crowd cried aloud, blessing ‘God who saves those who hope in Him’.
In the Gospel Reading, Jesus saves the life of a helpless woman. Jesus questions and challenges the character, motive and sincerity of the woman’s accusers. Defeated, they all leave in shame, one by one.
Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo: Christ and the Adulterous Woman, 1750-1753
In these challenging times of the spread of the coronavirus, we might feel like the women in the readings: trapped in life situations where there does not seem to be hope, or perhaps, we might recognize that God is calling us to bring hope to those in more dire situations. Like the prophet Daniel, and like Jesus, the Lord God is sending us to be a voice of hope for others.
Together on our Lenten journey, let us continue to place our hope in the Lord, while mindful that our call is to be agents of God’s hope in the world around us. AMEN.
Peace be with you!