3rd April 2022

Dear Parishioner

The passage from the Gospel of John in today's readings is very familiar to us. A woman caught in adultery is brought to Jesus by the elders for judgement. The scripture indicates that they were trying to trap Jesus hoping that he would go against "the law of Moses". This is obvious without Jesus having to say one word because in reality, the pious elders would have already sentenced her to die by stoning. But they do not. They are here trying to get rid of this man who speaks about love all the time.

The religious leaders of the day understood Jesus as rejecting the Law of Moses when he expressed Love and compassion in the way he did it. What they saw in Jesus was the flouting of the Mosaic Law, the fabric of their society, when healing people on the Sabbath, eating with Gentiles, speaking to Samarians, associating with tax-collectors, and touching the lepers. But if they had paid attention to what Jesus was saying, they would have understood that the very foundation of the law that made them a unique people was … love. The love that God has for all of his creation. This can be seen in the reply of Jesus to the question posed by the scholar of the law, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment." The second is similar to it, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments" stressed Jesus.

What are we supposed to do? Are we supposed to ignore the sin? No. What he is trying to say is that we are to always recognize the sin in ourselves! Therefore in Matthew 7:1-5 Jesus tells us to stop judging so that we will not be judged. The measure with which you measure will be measured unto you. Do not be hypocrites. Splinter in your brother's eye - wooden beam in yours etc.

Jesus did not ignore the sin in the adulterous woman. Recall his words: "Go, and from now on do not sin anymore." However, the words preceding these are the key to this whole passage: "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you." If anyone can throw a stone it would be Jesus, the spotless one but he did not throw a stone, instead He showed compassion. He threw love. And that is precisely what we are called to do - throw love, rather than stand in judgment of others, love them. Do not preach or criticise them for their faults, bring them to God by the way you live your life - a life of loving God and others as yourself. Perhaps St. Teresa of Calcutta said it best: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

Fr Jijo George


Please remember to pray for:

Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese

The sick and housebound

Those who have recently died

Years Mind:
Monday: Fr Ronald Roberts, Canon Charles Loughran
Thursday: Deacon Geoffrey Piper
Saturday: Fr Thomas Adkins