Sunday 7 April 2019
5TH SUNDAY OF LENT.
Isaiah 43:16-21. Psalm 125(126). Philippians 3:8-14. John 8:1-11.
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy – Psalm 125(126).
Let the one among you who is guilty cast the first stone.
In today’s Gospel, the Scribes and Pharisees, the accusers, draw attention away from their own sins and their own need for conversion, as they make a scapegoat of a women caught in adultery.
Jesus knew the challenge lay in casting the first stone. Once that had happened they would have all joined in, like a lynch mob. Jesus’ tactic worked, and they all went away leaving Jesus with the woman.
When Jesus straightened up he would have looked the woman in the eye and she would have seen the look of one who loved without judgment. She must have been empowered by that love and felt drawn to respond.
Jesus asked the woman to go away and sin no more. May we hear this challenge today and stop the destructive things that get us into trouble. May we be free to follow where Jesus calls us.