Apr. 3, 2017

Let's drop our stones and be at peace with God

"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her" (Jn.8:7).

This powerful statement from today's gospel speaks to us in one way or another. Not only that it indicts us  in our sinful nature but in our judgmental attitudes too. Jesus saves the woman caught in adultery, and implicitly saves us from condemnation. He invites us to look inwards and to avail ourselves the opportunity to repent. Sometimes, we feel like stoning those who have committed crimes around us- our husbands, wives, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and leaders; that's just the truth. Ironically, we sit on crimes, maybe similar or different, but operate on the law of "thou shall not be caught". Jesus invites us to drop our stones.

If we drop our stones, we drop our sins. If we drop our stones, we become free. If we drop our stones, we open our hands to receive God's grace. If we drop our stones, we pick up mercy and forgiveness. The stone is a symbol of the hatred, the heaviness in our hearts. So, the statement, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her", becomes not necessarily an indictment but an invitation to openness, to turn to the righteuos God. Scripture says, "the standard you use wil be the standard used for you" (Matt.7:2); "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Mt.5:7). We all desire God's mercy.

Let's drop our stones and be at peace with God. His love is so strong to let us be condemned.