Reflection on John 8:1-11 ~
Before you get upset at someone else, do you first look within your own heart, reflecting on those times you have done something comparable? Like me, if you are honest with yourself, you are probably not looking often enough. I believe by silently writing on the ground, Jesus was giving the scribes and Pharisees time to emphasize an interior examination of their own sins. Isn’t Jesus always within our heart to help us with this? Our challenge in loving neighbor is to remember this process of forgiving.
The Adulterous Woman – Christ Writing upon the Ground, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum
John 8 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
1 while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. 5 Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this John 8:1-11 Reflection – Within our Heart.