Experience silence in the midst of your busy day. Take some time to relax into a time to be with God.
[53 Then each of them went home, 8 1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 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. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and, making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 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. 7 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.” 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 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. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”]]
Forgiveness and mercy instead of judgment.
The Pharisees were interested in destroying Jesus. If Jesus refused to confirm the death penalty, he would be accused of defying God’s law. If he confirmed the charge of the Pharisees, he would lose his witness of compassion, and be in trouble with the Romans. The Sanhedrin could not execute a death penalty.
Two scriptures follow the line of teaching for this event. Matthew 7:1-3 says to judge not; and Luke 6:37-41 describes the beam and plank in the eye of the accuser. The scripture does say that we can judge the tree by the fruit it bears. We are not to be judgmental condemning people because of the fruit of their sin. By being judgmental, we take the place of God, who will judge our actions. He rewards us if we are merciful and judges us if we are unmerciful. We are disciples of Christ and should follow his teachings of mercy and grace; or be like the Pharisees being hostile and condemn those whom we see as inferior to our alleged piety.
Holy Father, please forgive me when I am judgmental to others, and not being the example of Christ showing love, mercy, and forgiveness. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Go with God.
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