Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/032315.cfm
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. 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.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. 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.”
Did you ever wonder what Jesus wrote in the dirt? I have. I sometimes think that he wrote “where is the man?”. At other times I think He may have started writing the sins of all those present. Either way He was showing them that we all have sin, some more public than others. We should not be judging and condemning others when we too have sin in our hearts and on our souls. How fast are you to condemn others? Do you look to the state of your own soul first? If you did that, you would not be so fast to lay blame and pass judgement on what others do. Search your soul.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know I am fast to judge what others do. Help me to step back and remember my own sins before I open my mouth. You are the supreme judge Lord, the one to whom we all answer to. My role is not to judge what others do, but to love them and change my own heart. In Jesus’ name I ask for your help, Amen.
Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.