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November 6, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“…That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil-to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge-that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him….” (November 2, 2018)

Our Lady gives us amazing advice: “You, strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure.” How can we strive to look in this way? How can we see into the depth of a human heart? How can we find the little hidden treasure? I believe it is by asking the Heavenly Father to give us His mercy, His merciful love. It is by asking the Father to forgive our sins, and then we can see correctly into the hearts of other sinners.

For now, let’s read this Gospel account from John, in which Jesus demonstrates everything Our Lady is teaching us. Read it with Our Lady’s words in mind, and read it prayerfully. Jesus wants us to know how to comprehend one another. He wants us not to judge but to love with His merciful love:

Early in the morning he came again to the temple; all the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such. What do you say about her?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.

And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.

Jesus looked up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and do not sin again.” (John 8: 2-11)

Let’s listen to Jesus in this Gospel. Let’s watch his every move. Let’s wait in silence as He draws on the ground. Let’s wait for His answer to the scribes and Pharisees. Let’s ponder His answer to them. Let’s stand in the woman’s place and imagine what it was like to receive His mercy. And let’s ask Him to speak to us as well.

More tomorrow!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

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