Refuse Scapegoating Violence

Bishop Robert Barron

April 3, 2022

Friends, this Sunday, we hear the story of the woman caught in adultery from the eighth chapter of John. René Girard thought that this story was particularly clear in showing the dynamics of what he called the scapegoating mechanism. And in the response of Jesus to the violence of the mob, we see the glory of God, who does not sanction this scapegoating frenzy, but rather meets the misery of our sin with his mercy.

Mass Readings

Reading 1 – Is 43:16-21
Psalm – Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
Reading 2 – Phil 3:8-14
Gospel – Jn 8:1-11