Monday April 7, 2003 Homily by Fr. Robert Altier Fifth Week of Lent
Reading (Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62) Gospel (St. John 8:1-11)
And so, for each one of us, we have to recognize that God is also going to work in similar ways, maybe not quite as humiliating as what Susanna had to endure, but nonetheless, He allows humiliations for us to purify us, He allows different trials to test us to see if we are going to be faithful. The important thing is to recognize that it is not until usually the very last second or what from our perspective seems to be several minutes beyond the very last second! before God is going to intervene because it would require no trust or very little trust, anyway if He were to intervene well before the last second. So He continues to push as we learn to trust.
But at the same time, we see the mercy of God in the Gospel reading. Susanna was perfectly innocent; the woman in the Gospel was not. I do not think there are any of us who can claim that we are perfectly innocent. Therefore, we need to learn from Gods mercy as Our Lord takes this woman who was actually caught in the act of adultery and refuses to condemn her, but rather forgives her and tells her simply to go and commit this sin no more. That is precisely what He says to each of us. He is calling us to repentance, to change our lives, to stop sinning, to become truly innocent like Susanna, to be purified, and to trust completely in God.
* This text was transcribed from the audio recording of a homily by Father Robert Altier with minimal editing.