Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 10, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. (John 8:7)
In Daniel's time justice was swift, harsh and at times corrupted by those administering it. Two such Babylonian judges were appointed to govern the captive Jews who were being persecuted to adopt their foreign culture. These men lusted for a beautiful married woman and plotted to get her alone to satisfy their desires. Her refusal of them caused them to falsely accuse her of adultery with a young stranger. Daniel saved her life by questioning the judges in a way that exposed their lie. Biblical commentary tells us that this story was intended to give "heart" to the Jews in adverse times, reminding them of Divine control. Note also Chapter 7 in Daniel which prefigures Christ by speaking of the "Son of Man" and His triumph over all corrupt worldly kingdoms.
In today's Gospel, Jesus adds a new dimension to the concept of justice; as the Redeemer, His mission is not to destroy sinners, but by grace to enable them to put their sins to death and so be restored to life in God. The Pharisees tested Jesus by bringing an adulteress for Him to judge. If He agreed to her being stoned as the Jews prescribed, He would break the Roman law under which they presently lived. If He denied the death sentence, He would counter Jewish law. Both were "no-win" choices. Quite possibly, Christ's writings in the sand spelled out the individual Pharisees' sins, for each left when their consciences were seared by God's truth, their own wrong-doing.
Loving and merciful Lord, reveal our hearts to us, that we may see our own sins, repent of them and cease judging others who share our very same weaknesses. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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