Today's Gospel is not about adultery.
It's about how to judge.
message is not that we should not judge
but that we must make considered
when we do judge.
We must form opinions through wise and
with reason and common sense
and most of all, with
It's about good judgment and bad judgment,
about judging others and
It's about merciful
The scribes and
Pharisees are all riled up…
at the woman… and at Jesus.
And he puts the
brakes on their anger
and their self-righteousness at her
and their wily
attempts to use her to trap him.
He stops and considers.
Then he gives
them a response
that reminds them of a passage in Deuteronomy
casting the first stone.
They think about it
and change their minds about
stoning the woman
and they leave off their attempt to trap
Tuesday is primary election
day here in Ohio,
and we all have some judging to do.
How will we
about whether to vote for or against a tax increase?
How will we
about who to nominate to run in November
for County Commissioner or
District Court or U.S. Senator…
Jesus has a lot to say about
how to judge.
In this Gospel passage, Jesus says,
"Let the one among you
who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone.”
In Matthew's Sermon on
he teaches to “stop judging.”
Earlier in John's Gospel, in
he teaches that what makes a judgment just
is first to listen
to the facts and opinions and witnesses
and then to follow God's will, not
That doesn't mean we are to imitate the terrorists in the Middle
who murder people who don't agree with them
and claim to be Muslims
doing God's will.
Nor does it mean we are to imitate
the demagogues in our
who denigrate people who disagree with them
and claim to be
Christians doing God's will.
Presidential race has been headline news for months,
accusations from all
tweeted around like sparrows on steroids.
But we have to
It's our responsibility as human beings and as citizens…
our responsibility as Christians.
We are called to exercise faithful
to enter into a process of conscientious discernment
justice and the common good.
In our discernment process
we are blessed
with the long tradition
of the principles we call Catholic Social
yardsticks to help us judge rightly,
all based on the right and
dignity of the human person.
we listen to how each candidate talks
about the economics and law and
that affect human rights and human dignity.
We listen for the
impact that candidates' ideas have
on the common good and the well-being of
whether they will help or harm the poor and vulnerable.
We listen to
what they say
to find out if their policies will protect human rights.
pay attention to whether a candidate's platform on the economy
and not the other way around.
We want to see that they respect
basic rights to productive work,
to decent and fair wages, to unionize, to a
And we look at candidate positions
to see if they reflect
that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers,
one human family
regardless of national, racial, ethnic,
economic, religious, gender, or
We check out each candidate's policies
for our common home.
this coming Tuesday, and again in November,
we will judge.
keeping in mind that every person is precious,
people are more important than things,
and that the measure of our
and of our own soul
is whether we choose to threaten or to
the life and dignity of every human person
and the earth we call
Glory be to God, this is a holy business we're about!
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
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Holy Thursday, March 24, 5:30 p.m.
Holy Saturday, March 26, 5:30
at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington Church)