6 April 2019
By Stefania Caterina and Fr Tomislav Vlašić
Father Tomislav: Dearest Brothers and Sisters, I wish you all a good Sunday.
The last time we have developed the topic of conversion, the path of vital joy. We hope that all of you have participated in this joy and that an increasing desire for joy has awakened in you, increasing your strength and resilience in life.
Today we will deepen the topic, “The new path is already open”. This is, in fact, the topic of today’s liturgy. In the first reading the prophet Isaiah reminds the Israelites of their liberation from Egyptian slavery, the crossing of the Red Sea and the journey to the Promised Land. Later, when they found themselves in Babylonian slavery the prophet announced that God would reopen the path, a new path. God said that He made everything new, and the path opened up for the people of Israel. A small remnant returned to their land. This stands for all times of slavery that we have caused through our rebellion, our sins, while God has always endeavoured to reopen the path for us.
The Gospel lets us understand that the path of our spirit is definitively open. St. John reports the episode of the woman found in the act of adultery. They wanted to lapidate her and tried to provoke Jesus so that they could lapidate Him. But Jesus remained silent and started to write on the ground, as we have heard. When they kept questioning Him, he answered: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Then everyone went away. “Has no one condemned you?“ Jesus asked. “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin.”
It is very important that the reopening of the path happens through the heart and the spirit of man, through the Holy Spirit given to us by Jesus Christ. Thanks to His Passion and Death our inner path will open up, but we must participate in His life. How shall we participate? Jesus did not abandon Mary Magdalene; He went ahead to open the path, and because she followed Him she arrived first at the sepulchre and saw the Risen Christ. Continue reading