Go away, and do not sin any more
Scots Catholic - Calling Scotland's 841,000 Catholics to unite as one voice
Scots Catholic Blog

Go away, and do not sin any more


Sunday’s Gospel (John 8:1-11):

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What have you to say?’ They asked him this as a test, looking for something to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Then he bent down and wrote on the ground again. When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing there. He looked up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus ‘go away, and do not sin any more.’’

 
In the Jubilee Year of Mercy this particular passage of scripture stands out more than most.  It is a perfect example of the new world order that Jesus seeks to achieve.  It is a world of mercy, where no sin is incapable of forgiveness.  It is a world where hate, grudges, complaints and criticism reign no more. 


What Jesus wrote in the sand is a mystery.  But his message is abundantly clear.  We must be careful not to judge and condemn the goodness or otherwise of people when we ourselves are in a sinful state.  If we are aware of someone acting contrary to the Gospel we are called to be like Jesus and do two things.  First, we are called to show kindness, mercy and compassion and to put our arm around the person to show them that they are loved.  Second, we are called to encourage them to seek the forgiveness of God, to live in accordance with the Gospel, and to refrain from committing sin again. 


This is precisely how things are played out when we go to Confession.  Jesus welcomes us, puts his loving arms around us and forgives our sins.  He then asks us to go and sin no more.  And while we must take Jesus’ call to refrain from further sin very seriously, he understands our weaknesses and the difficulties and struggles we experience in our world.  That is why he welcomes us again and again in Confession.  He never tires of pouring out his forgiveness.  He just needs us to be willing to make the effort to go to him. 




0 Comments to Go away, and do not sin any more:

Comments RSS

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Website:
Comment:
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
RSS Follow

Recent Posts

Scots support reduced abortion time limits and statutory waiting period
Catholic Bishops call for faithful to reflect on beauth and goodness of Church teaching ahead of General Election
With Christianity dying out in Europe we need the family more than ever
Cadbury, don't let the bullies win
Peaceful and prayerful: 40 Days for Life returns to Scotland this Lent

Categories

Abortion
Abortion, pro-life
Abstinence
Abuse
Adoption
Adultery
Agnosticism
Amoris Laetitia
Angels
Angelus
Annunciation
Apologetics
Art
Ascension
AsceSolemnitynsion
Assisted Dying
Assisted Suicide
Asylum
Atheism
Baptism
Beatitudes
Bible
Bishop
Buddhism
Canon Law
Capital Punishment
Catechism
Catholic
Catholic Education
Cerebral Palsy
Charity
Chastity
Children
Christian
Christian Unity
Christianity
Christmas
Church
Church Doctors
Commandments
Confession
Confirmation
Consecration
Contraception
Creation
Crime
Crucifixion
Death
Devil
Devotion
Disability
Divination
Division
Divorce
Down's Syndrome
Dwelling on the Word of God
Easter
Ecumenism
Edinburgh
Education
Encyclical
EU
Eucharist
Eugenics
Europe
European Parliament
European Union
Euthanasia
Evangelii Gaudium
Evangelisation
Events
Evil
Evolution
Excommunication
Exorcism
Exorcist
Facebook
Faith
Family
Fatherhood
Feast Days
Film
Football
Forgiveness
Gender
Gendercide
General Audience
General Election
Genocide
Glasgow
God
Gospel
Gospel Reflection
Gossip
Handing on the Faith
Health
Heaven
Hell
Holy Communion
Holy Spirit
Homosexuality
Idolatry
Incest
Infanticide
Internet
Islam
Jesus
Journalism
Joy
Judaism
Laudato Si
Law
Learn the Catholic Faith
Lent
Life
Love
Magisterium
Marriage
Martyrdom
Mary
Mass
Media
Medical Research
Mercy
Messi
Miracle
Missions
Money
Mother of God
Motu Proprio
Nativity
Natural Family Planning
News
Nightfever
Our Lady
Papacy
Parish
Passion
Peace
Persecution
Politics
Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Francis
Pornography
Poverty
Prayer
Precepts
Priesthood
Pro-Choice
Pro-Life
Protestantism
Purgatory
Radio
Reconciliation
Refugee
Relativism
Religion
Rome
Ronaldo
Rosary
Sacrament
Sacrifice
Safeguarding
Saints
Salvation
Same Sex Marriage
Satan
Science
Scotland
Scottish Government
Scottish Parliament
Scripture
Sectarianism
Secularism
Sex
Sin
Soccer
Social Media
Solemnity
Sport
Stations of the Cross
Suffering
Suicide
Survey
Synod
Technology
Television
Tradition
Transgender
Trinity
Truth
Twitter
UK Parliament
UN
United Kingdom
United States
Unity
Vatican
Via Crucis
Virgin Mary
Vocations
War
Way of the Cross
Women
Word of God
World Cup
World Youth Day
Year of Faith
Youth

Archives

May 2017
April 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013

powered by

Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint