Monday 3rd April 2017
MON 3RD. Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62; Jn 8:1-11
‘“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir” she replied. “Neither do I condemn you,” said Jesus “go away, and do not sin any more.”’ John 8:11
‘Disruption’ is a popular term in the latest change-management handbooks. The theory runs like this: instead of following the usual gambits and jargon, do something entirely different, make people uncomfortable, get them to think differently. Jesus disrupts the Temple elite in the same way. They want to have this poor woman stoned, and they also want to test whether Jesus will hold to the Law of Moses. But Jesus disrupts the whole scene. He doesn’t play their game. He plays God’s game, where justice and mercy dance together. He gives the scribes and Pharisees a taste of God’s justice, and he gives the woman her dignity and freedom back. He chides the elite. He does not condemn the woman. He knows we all do wrong. He shows God’s forgiving and saving love. Lord I am not worthy to be near you, but let me follow.