After a short hiatus in January to recover from the marathon of story writing in November and December, I have a new e-short out on Amazon.
Caught! Is my take on the story of the woman caught in adultery. Found only in the Gospel of John, it is a tale of forgiveness and second chances like only Jesus can provide. The dramatic scene on the steps of the Temple has been told and retold in words and art through the centuries.
I think the words that ring loudest are those of Jesus.
‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Jn 8:7
What an example of love and compassion! Of all those in the Temple watching, Jesus was the only one qualified to judge. He alone was sinless. Yet he chose to forgive and offer a second chance at life.
‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘Then neither do I condemn you. go and leave your life of sin.’ Jn 8:10,11b
Perhaps we should remember those words before we judge and condemn those around us. Sin is sin, none bigger or smaller than any other. Adultery is no different than lying, or gossip, or envy. Are there any of us who can claim to perfectly keep all 10 Commandments?
So before you pick up a stone to cast or a finger to point, remember that Jesus alone is worthy to judge. He loves all of us enough to die for us. Can you say the same?