Has no one condemned you: Spend 5 with Jesus: March 27, 2023
Has no one condemned you
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
We are such an odd culture. We believe criminals should be condemned, but we make exceptions for ourselves. We can be harsh towards others we perceive as having done wrong but believe others should treat us gently. We are hypocritical, and yet we comfort ourselves by saying ‘Everyone is doing it.’ We condemn but want to be saved.
And the first reading and the gospel demonstrate to us the dangers of judging others. When Susannah would not go along with the sinful desires of the two men, they accused her of bad behavior. In the gospel they use a woman caught in the act of adultery for the purpose not of justice, but of trapping Jesus.
Evil actions produce feelings, but usually feelings that are not so easy to admit applies to us. The two men who accused Susannah in the first reading are caught in their lie. The hope for the mob of accusers is never fulfilled as Jesus treats those who are watching.
We can allow our feelings to get the best of us. They are so powerful they can cause us to do those evil things we did not think possible. Our feelings can cause us to get carried away to place we do not really want to go.
Fortunately for us, we have the God of mercy, the one who defends us for eternal life. Our God forgives our sins. Our God seeks to protect us for by his glory and grace. It is not difficult that the case of the widow in the gospel, there was an answer. ” ”
Then the Pharisees and Scribes it did not matter that they were using someone to make their own point. By rigidly sticking to the mi
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