Reflection 6

Text (Gospel Story) March 13, 2016

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adulteryand made her stand in the middle. They said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” In response, they went away one by one…So he was left alone with the woman before him. Jesus 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 anymore.”

Sharing the Mission

God’s love labours to break down the resistance that it finds within us. It is a creative love that works toward change, transformation, new beginnings. God wants to make a home within us. The recurring Lenten season nudges us each year toward self-denial. Jesus asks that the same energy we might have used in accumulating riches or pursuing personal pleasure be channelled toward the building up of a “new person” as a dwelling place for God.

Discussion

As a conference, how do you ensure that your service is reflective of assessing the presenting issues and not judging?

Prayer

(Leader) Jesus, model of compassion and kindness,

(Together) Free our hearts from unkind judgement of others.

(Leader) Jesus, model of meekness and mildness,

(Together) Make us meek and humble of heart.

(Leader) Jesus, model of forgiveness and mercy,

(Together) Open our hearts to all people. Amen