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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Stone Heart....another story

Today we heard one of my favorite Gospel readings from John.  It is about the woman caught in adultery about to be stoned.  I have written before that I believe Jesus was writing I love you in the sand, as this woman never really knew true love.  However, today I want to focus on the possibility of our Stone Heart.

The woman in this story was sentenced to die for her crime and her accusers were correct.  What you say?  According to the Law, she deserved to die - Lev. 20:10; Deut. 22:22.  The problem was....where was her partner?   Under the law...both were supposed to die for this sin.  One can speculate...was he part of the group trying to trick Jesus...was he able to escape?   I can only ponder this, but my point is this...When we sin, nobody really gets away with it.   For God sees and knows all things.  Sin removes us further and further from God.  It is a rock around our heart that continues to grow until we don't care....even the elders were involved in this setup. They tried to trip Jesus up with this situation...He reversed it and did not condone the sin or the law....He just asked if anyone was without sin...let that person or persons be the first to cast the stone.  You see the only one able to cast the stone was Jesus...for He was the only one free of sin.  Instead of judging her, He forgave her....He set her free. 

This is the fifth week of still have time to be "set free"  Go to the sacrament of Reconciliation and fall into the arms of someone who loves you....your heart will burst open from the stone that has encapsulated will feel loved and have "new life"   Remember, anyone can live for the devil....only real men and women live for Jesus...and He died loving you.

Remember Lent is about starting over not giving up....

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