March 17, Woman in Adultery

March 16, 2013 at 10:15 Leave a comment

Today’s Gospel Story (John 8:1-11) is the Woman Caught in Adultery. Church law of those days said she was to be put to death by stoning. The upright men of the Story were preparing to do just that. Jesus comes on the scene and says, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. Then he says, “Has no one condemned you? Neither do I condemn you”. Church law condemned her, Jesus did not.

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There are similarities to this Story in our own day. People are eager to condemn any who do not stick to their interpretation of how others should live, thus inflicting the very pain Jesus had no use for. If we want to know God’s values, we need only to look at Jesus and see how he lived and the choices he made.  As Jesus hinted at when he said, “Let the one among you who is without sin”, each of us has our own story, and none of us fully understands anyone else’s story. So it is good not to be too quick to judge anybody. Each of us is a good person, made in the image of God, who is trying to get through a life that is not always easy. Judging others is a lot easier than taking a good look at ourselves.


Entry filed under: Catholic, Church Leadership, Current Church, Disobedient priests, Forbidden topics, Gospel thoughts, Priest.

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