Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6; Philippians 3:8-14; Joel 2:12-13; John 8:1-11
A stone may not feel heavy when one picks it up, but a stone is not a pebble. Many stones can do damage, especially when hurled in self-righteous anger. Perhaps the accusers justified it as an act of the faithful community, standing up together for the Law of Moses, bringing down God’s wrath upon an adulteress. Then they took her to Jesus. They had been looking for a way to trap him. He just looked at them saying nothing. Then he dropped down. One cannot tell whether he was writing, drawing, or stalling for time to think of something to say. Later, some said Jesus had tricked them. Others were silent. A few thought Jesus was praying. Where else could his words have come from? His words redirected their gaze from the woman to themselves, causing hands to drop stones and feet to move off. His words continue to address us when we are about to cast stones of condemnation at another. Jesus’ final words to the woman, also meant for us: Go and sin no more.
Where do you find yourself in the story?