Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
What stands out to me about this story is how Jesus did not react right away. He considered what was said about the woman. He did not have a knee jerk reaction. Rather, he took a moment to draw in the sand. I wonder what he was thinking? (I’d like to think he was having a one on one with God at that moment). Whatever he was doing, his reaction shows a tremendous amount of compassion and emotional intelligence.
Isn’t it so easy, as the human beings we are, to react quickly and pass judgements? I’m sorry to say I do it far too often. Back in 2013 Pope Francis was asked about what he would do if a gay person came to confession. His now famous answer to the question was, “Who am I to judge?” There it is again. Compassion, and emotional intelligence.
So the pharisees keep nagging Jesus and telling him that in Moses’ day the woman would be stoned. Jesus keeps scratching in the sand until he’s ready with his famous answer. Then he raises himself up and out comes that original famous answer, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”
That’s the line that is the takeaway for me as I write to you this morning. My prayer to God is that today, this sixth day of Lent, I spend the day being mindful of how easy it is to judge. And how much more like Jesus I can be today if I do the hard thing and replace my judgments with love. This, is my prayer to God.