April 3, 2017
Daniel replied, “Your fine lie has cost you also your head, for the angel of God waits with a sword to cut you in two so as to make an end of you both.” Dn 13
Jesus said to the adulterous woman, “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.” Jn_8:1-11
Two stories of suspense and intrigue today. Both stories involving sexual offenses. In the first we hear of the lust and attempted rape of a young married woman, named Susanna, by two depraved old judges. In the second the Pharisees caught a woman in the act of adultery and was about to stone her to death, when Jesus was brought into the picture.
Both outcomes resulted in justice. In the Old Testament case, the wicked judges’ lie was revealed and the men were given the same sentence they sought for the young woman, death.
In the second case, Jesus, as always, opts for life. Yes, the action of the woman’s adultery was sinful and wrong. But in this new era of mercy and love, Jesus sends her off with a stern warning only, “Sin no more.”
And the same goes for us, beloved. How many sins have we committed that just may have been worth a penalty of death in someone’s eyes. But God always prefers life. And we are given chance after chance to repent and change our ways. It doesn’t mean that we can take our sinfulness for granted, knowing that we will always be forgiven. But it does mean that if we don’t change, we just may end up with the penalty we asked for, in the end.
Repent and believe.
And sin no more!
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