Father Rick’s One Minute Homily for Monday, the 5th Week in Lent
March 27, 2023 – John 8:1-11
Drop Your Stone.
We call a hero today someone who has no concern for their own welfare and puts themselves in harm’s way, whatever the cost. Whether it’s a burning house or a car in a lake, the human spirit rises to the occasion. “Modern Day Heroes,” we call them.
Two women in today’s readings met their heroes in Daniel and Jesus. Suzanna, in the 1st reading, is falsely accused of committing adultery. One of the big shots, an elder, reported her. But he lied. Daniel couldn’t stand back and do nothing. Despite his youth, TRUTH spoke through him, and justice was served to Suzanna and her accusers.
Where justice was at work in the first reading, mercy flooded the accused in the Gospel reading. Only Jesus has the authority to condemn this guilty woman caught in adultery, and he is her judge.
However, something deeper is at work in the Heart of Jesus – Mercy, and he acknowledged the act but loved the person.
Jesus continues His work of justice and mercy in us. When we see an unjust act committed, have the courage to speak up. Jesus, the TRUTH, will speak in you without condemning.
Jesus spoke with mercy when he wrote on the ground. We don’t know what he wrote, but his tone was merciful. None of the woman’s accusers threw a stone. They dropped them. Pray for someone committing an injustice what Jesus prayed on the Cross, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they are doing.”
When our hearts are filled with mercy, people committing acts of injustice will drop their stones.
Ignite the Fire
Fr. Rick Pilger, IC