Often when I hear the Gospel from this Sunday, I put myself in the position of the crowd. I am sure that we all resonate with the message that we ought to show mercy to others the same way that we have been shown mercy in our own lives. Or even more simply, to not judge others’ sins when we are just as guilty. However, I want to think about being in the place of the woman.
The woman was caught in the act of a serious crime, and it was made known to everyone, including Jesus. It is terrifying to ponder what people would think about us if only they saw all the sins that we have committed, let alone if God saw us as we truly are. What I find interesting, is that nowhere did it say that the woman repented or was ashamed, but Christ showed the woman mercy anyway. Christ sought out justice and mercy instead of an apology. Maybe even it was Christ’s mercy that led to her repentance and her pursuit of a better life.
This week let us challenge ourselves to show an abundance of mercy in community when we are wronged. When others give us feedback, let it be an opportunity for growth. Let us remember that everyone is worthy of mercy and love, despite our many flaws. And like the woman, let us go out into the world, repent, and sin no more.