Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

April 7-13, 2019

 

 “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” If we were at the attendance of the stoning of someone, would we cast a stone? Oh, of course, not, but don’t we

throw stones, when we criticize someone or become angry if we are cut off on the road or consider ourselves better than someone else because of our race or culture?  Jesus taught a very strong lesson in the case of the woman caught in adultery. According to Jewish law, such a one was to be stoned to death. Jesus, actually, was the only one who had a right to stone her, but he was merciful and simply told her “to sin no more.”  The greater law is mercy and compassion. We might ask, “Where was the man in the case of adultery?”  Apparently, he was innocent and could go his sweet way.  Unfortunately, this inequality or inequity still exists today. In the workplace men are often favored over women.  We see it in sports where the women’s teams are undercut with pay and news coverage. Again, men’s teams are favored.  The injustices continue. John 8: 1-11

 

God has provided the world with so many good things, but this is often forgotten.  People are so busy about worldly matters, that they don’t have time to just pause and enjoy the beautiful blue sky or its glorious sunsets or the flowers, birds and bees, chasing after the sweet nectar, so as to produce honey for  a treat. There are so many wonders in the world.  Looking at other people reveals an astounding variety of wonder.  The amazing tone of skin color could only have been created by God, so why are opinions and decisions based on race or culture? These are gifts to be treasured. Society keeps casting stones, so Christians need to cast mercy, compassion and forgiveness?  “The people whom I have formed for myself are to announce my praise” because of all the good things I have given them. Isaiah 43: 16-21

 

St. Paul in Philippians 3: 8-14 reflects on the “loss of all things in favor of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus.” In this faith in Christ and the power of the Resurrection Paul continues “to pursue the prize of God’s upward calling in Christ Jesus.” He encourages all to pursue the same path. The resurrection of the body is a tenet of the Christian faith.

 

 May your Lenten journey in the pursuit of the glory of Easter, the Resurrection of Jesus, fill you with joy in letting go of all to attain the prize of faith in Jesus Christ,

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director