Why the adulterous woman? What about the adulterous men? Although guilty of the same sin as the accused, the self-righteous men were ready to condemn her and anyone who would defend her. Power and privilege are often at the root of injustice.
The Gospel this Sunday challenges our way of judging and acting. Jesus does not approve of the woman’s actions but is ready to forgive, heal and offer her a new beginning. He would have done the same for her accusers if they would recognize their own sin and repent. However, they didn’t.
The woman was not really important to them at all. She was just someone to be used by those men so that they could condemn Jesus and continue in power. For them, her life could be sacrificed so that nothing would change.
If we ever lose sight of the well being of the person or persons in front of us and use them only to justify or perpetuate our position of power, then we become like those condemning men in the Gospel.
Today is a good day to lay down our stones and offer our hand to another as we move forward together – repentant and forgiven brothers and sisters on the journey to new life in the Lord.
Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC