Monday 27 March 2023
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62. Though I walk in the valley of darkness I fear no evil, for you are with me – Psalm 22(23). John 8:1-11.
Let the one among you who has not sinned be the first to throw a stone
The three readings today from Daniel, Psalm 22(23) and John fit comfortably together. The story of Susannah opens the ancient question of the guilt that is forced on women even in their innocence, and in John’s Gospel the woman who is not innocent is granted justice and forgiveness by Jesus. The psalm draws us to the knowledge of our God, the good shepherd, who will save us even though we walk through the valley of death, who will come to us in our difficulties so that we can live a good, moral life. Susannah is saved by a young man who exhibits the wisdom that the old judges should have had. She has ‘turned her eyes to heaven, her heart confident in God’. The woman caught in adultery does not cry out but is brought before Jesus who does not condemn her as others have done. God’s justice.