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dc.contributor.authorHoward, Joan Blandinen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 251en_US
dc.description.abstractThe Adulterous Woman _ who was she?|I am much like her |And she is much like me.|I know the empty shame of my own wrong-doings |And the belittling of the self righteous.|I have felt my body stiffen with indignation deflate with shame |Expand with energy, enthusiasm and excitement.|My able arms have tenderly cradled the newborn, |comforted the child and supported the dying. |My rough cracked hands have tilled the soil, planted the seeds and harvested the garden.|Joyfully, I have dressed the virgin bride for marriage and |Reverently wrapped the withered body for burial. |Routinely, I sweep the floors, cook the meals, welcome the guest, the stranger and the hungry.|And they see only what they will.|Youthful legs have skipped me through flowered fields and down dusty by-ways to love's calling, youths dancing delight. |Calloused feet have carried me heavy with child. |Scurrying home late at night weary from the day |Cautious of the night's dark demands _ I fear for what may happen.|And they see only what they will.|My hopeful heart beats to the rhythm of the children's song. |Falters with the dying's gasp |My heart is strong _ yet scorned, teased and disserted. |And they see only what they will|I have heard the hateful whispers _ silent now. |Have whispered some myself.|And they see only what they will|The kind and gentle stranger approaches, "Woman where are they? Has no one condemned you?" |"No one, Sir." |"Neither do I condemn you."|In these holy days of Lent I am reminded to listen not to the hateful whispers in and around me, but to the healing, loving words of Jesus, "Neither do I condemn you" _ a reminder that I am in God's love.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, March 14, 2005: 5th week in Lent.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitUniversity Collegeen_US
dc.program.unitChristian Spirituality Programen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHoward, Joanen_US 5en_US
dc.subject.local1Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6en_US
dc.subject.local4John 8:1-11en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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