This fourth installment of the Lenten Retreat focuses on the humiliation and shame associated with being stripped of dignity. As the Lord experiences some of the most painful aspects of mental anguish, we take comfort that he redeems it with His saving love.
We all sin, and sometimes our disastrous mistakes become public humiliations. Yet like the woman in the Gospel today we encounter the Lord who simultaneously acknowledges the sin and blesses us with forgiving grace. Through an honest appraisal of our hearts and an open acceptance of God’s love we can be renewed to live with power and joy. Simply put, may we name the sin and claim the mercy.