Gospel of John 1-11 Reflection:
In both readings this morning we have stories about women who are being condemned for their actions. The story from the Book of Daniel is one of lust and jealousy where two men try to destroy a beautiful young women because she refuses their advances.
The second story from John’s gospel, is about the woman who was caught in the act of adultery. Here the motives of her accusers is different; this time they are trying to catch Jesus out and have something to use against him.
Jesus plays a very shrewd game; knowing what they are really at, Jesus turns the whole thing round on them and says that the man with no sin can throw the first stone. Of course no one is without sin so no one can throw that first stone.
The unfortunate bit for us is that Jesus is without sin so when we meet him, he can throw all the stones that he wants!
The important point in the stories is the intervention of God to give justice. God’s justice is one of the greatest truths of heaven. Before any person enters the gates of heaven then everything in their lives has to be cleared up to the standard of God’s justice.
‘We will never get in’ is the proper response to that. Fortunately, God’s mercy is also part of his justice: without it they would be stoning us for eternity!