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Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Lesson Overview

In this week鈥檚 Gospel passage, the Pharisees bring a woman caught in the act of adultery before Jesus to test His application of the Law so that they might have charges to bring against Him. As the crowd is about to stone her to death for her sin, as was allowed by the law, Jesus turns the tables on the crowd and asks for those without sin to throw the first stone. As the crowd one by one leaves, Jesus forgives the woman her sins and calls her to sin no more. In this lesson, students will contemplate their own sinfulness and consider acts of penance they can make in their own lives.

Lesson Materials

Gospel Reflection

  1. Have students read the Gospel passage, or read it aloud to them, and then answer the focus questions. You may have students answer them on their own or you may discuss them together as a class.
  2. Review and discuss the correct answers when students have finished


  1. Have students read and complete the 鈥淎cts of Penance鈥 activity.
  2. Conclude by creating a prayerful atmosphere in your classroom by turning down the lights, displaying sacred art, and lighting a candle if possible. Play some soft instrumental music as well. Have your students take some time to reflect upon the examination of conscience. Consider prayerfully reading this aloud to your students as they reflect and read along. Encourage your students to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in these remaining weeks of Lent. If possible, invite your parish priest to hear student confessions.

Answer Key

Handout A: Gospel Reading

  1. He was teaching the crowds that came to Him.
  2. They wanted to punish her by stoning her to death for committing adultery.
  3. 鈥淟et the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.鈥
  4. He tells her to 鈥渘ot sin anymore.鈥

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