Yesterday I posted something about Sunday’s Gospel and great friend of the blog Tim posted the money question as a comment.
Tim’s question inspired me to write this for my church blog and to also present it here.
I do not like to get political here… In fact, I have not done so before and I really don’t want to now.
But I guess I will. The Gospel demands it.
Today we hear the Gospel of John and the story of the woman caught in adultery. We have all heard this story so many times and we have no doubt heard so many homilies about it. There is so much to ponder and to pray with.
However, we are also called to act. That always is the hard part, isn’t it?
So what about politics?
In case you have not noticed, our nation is in the midst of a ginormous health care debate, with a vote in the House coming up today. It is beyond contentious, even causing rift and division in our own Roman Catholic Church. (I am not taking a side here, I am simply pointing out that an unprecedented rupture.)
As part of this discord and disagreement, we hear from not only Catholic sisters and the USCCB, but we also hear and see so much vitriolic exchange on our television sets, computers and frequently at our own dining room tables.
It is heartbreaking.
I don’t know about you, but I find that video sobering… well actually, I find it chilling.
What have we become?
It doesn’t matter what side of the health care debate you are on, when we lose our humanity we are truly lost because it means we are losing our Divinity as well.
In today’s first reading, Isaiah is very clear…
Remember not the events of the past,
the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
God is always doing something new.
Always doing something new.
Human cruelty and judgment are as old as the hills… God is doing something new.
In the Gospel, the woman is about to be stoned. If you have not watched the short video above, maybe you should take a look. Is there a connection between the man being mocked and the woman caught in adultery?
God is always doing something new.
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
In the Gospel, because Jesus is present and answering the questions that were asked of him, the woman does not get stoned. Not so for the man with Parkinson’s in the video.
However, was Jesus not present at that scene too? I am going to say that I believe that Jesus was very present there. He just may have been ignored.
Maybe it is the man with Parkinson’s. Maybe it is a woman in adultery. Maybe it is your relative who has hurt or offended you. Maybe it is your boss, who eliminated your position. Maybe it is your neighbor, the one with the dog that won’t stop barking. Maybe it is a politician you loathe – be it President Obama, Nancy Pelosi or John Boehner or Eric Cantor. Maybe it is abortion providers. Maybe it is feminists. Maybe it is LGBT people. Maybe it is Hitler. Maybe it is George Bush. Maybe it is the Pope. Maybe it is Glenn Beck. Maybe it is the religious sisters who have broken with the USCCB. Maybe it is Keith Olbermann. I could go on and on.
Maybe it is your own self, as it so often is with me, who has hurt me so deeply, offended me so many times, that I can’t forgive myself or accept the forgiveness of God or others.
Whoever it is that occupies your field of vision, the field of vision where the rocks are in your hand, poised to thrown with enough force to hurt or kill… Stop for one moment and consider what is happening here.
God is doing something new, can we not perceive it?
The question to ask today, is this… can we do something new too? Can we put down those stones?
Jesus is clear about condemnation:
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
How can we put down the stones and be part of something new?