Fifth Week of Lent

Jesus taught that sin enslaves. He mercifully saved a woman caught in adultery by saying that anyone without sin should cast the first stone to punish her. The Lord revealed Himself as the Son of God but narrowly escaped stoning, even though He spoke the truth. For anyone who could not put faith in His words, the Lord suggested believing in the works that He performed. The Virgin Mary believed that she would miraculously give birth to the Son of God. Years later, after Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead, the chief priests and Pharisees panicked in fear that everyone would come to believe in Him. When we experience doubt or fear that rocks our faith, do we hurl blame on God or look for stepping-stones to firmer ground?

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