Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that only the one who is perfect, without sin, can be the first one to judge someone else’s flaws. This ideal is an example of how each of us should choose to forgive. All of us are sinners and cannot blame anyone else for being imperfect. Everyone has their own struggle with temptation, and everyone falls victim to it, from time to time. However, when we fall, God’s great mercy allows us to get back up again and become perfect in his eyes again. The woman is representative of us, in all our sin and mistakes, yet Jesus still pardons her and each of us and takes up our position on the cross. It should be us, because we are sinners, who die on the cross for Jesus. However, He dies in our place so that we may be pardoned. If not for his mercy, no one could be saved from death.
– Ben Garcia and Daniel Gatewood are members of the Freshman Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.
God, please help us all to put down our stones, and become extensions of your grace and mercy to the world. Amen.Please share the Good Word with your friends!