There are many reasons why one should be humble and obedient. Among these is that you are also a sinner and while it may appear on the outside that you are good, there’s the dark side of your personality that you think only you know — you forgot that God in Heaven knows everything about you. That is why, it is so downright awful for people to judge others when they themselves are guilty of being sinners too. We can see so many examples of people who show themselves praying in Church and pictures taken for publicity’s sake. Yet on the side are guilty of being hypocrites. They just paint something about themselves to fool others into thinking that they are as good as seen on the pictures when in fact they are not. On the other side, there are times you know too well a person that outright you tend to be judgmental on him. You judge him to be such because that’s what you perceived him to be. However, it’s just not right and it’s not what the Lord desires of us. He wants us to look into ourselves first before judging others. He wants us to be compassionate as we don’t know why things and events happen in the first place. He tells us that we don’t really know the whole story so there’s no basis for our biased judgment. The Lord Himself experienced that indifference by His townmates early in His ministry.
In this Fifth Sunday of Lent the Gospel (Jn.8: 1-11) tells us that while Jesus was in the temple area where people started coming to Him, the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him,
this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
We are being reminded that what the Lord answered to the scribes and the Pharisees apply to us as well:
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Deep into Lent Jesus is inviting us to look deep into our beings and attitudes. After the crowd and the elders left, and when no one has condemned the woman, Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.
He exhorts us to “not sin any more” and thus we should be “fasting and weeping and mourning.”And that we “Rend (y)our hearts and not (y)our garments.” (Jl. 2: 12-13) The message is urgent and the time is now for us to make one final act of amending our lives in preparation for the coming Holy Week. This is the kind of repentance – sincere repentance – that God wants from us.
Let us pray for the humility to acknowledge our own weaknesses and confess these to the Lord in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. May the Holy Spirit grant us the wisdom and discernment to know the snares of the evil one as we go deeper into Lent. May the Lord take possession of us as we continue to pursue with our lives the nod and approval of our Jesus Christ.
“The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.” (Ps. 126: 3)