"Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."
Most often, when this reading comes up, I think of it as Jesus' answer to the death penalty debate. I still feel that, but I also caught a glimpse of something else today, perhaps worth mentioning. Earlier in this Gospel Jesus said, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." (v. 7) Pray-as-you-go asked the question "Who is without sin?" And that brought to my mind the times I judge others harshly and unfairly. I am certainly NOT without sin, so there should be no stones in my pockets at all! And yet, I finger them in my pockets every time I judge someone else. Today, these words of Jesus will be at the top of my mind. "Neither do I condemn you..." Lord, please help me to drop the stones out of my pockets. I have no right or reason to judge others harshly. I, myself, have been forgiven and treated with mercy. Please help me to do the same for everyone I meet today! Love, heidi