A lesson that I think most of us need to be reminded of…
Jn 8:3 – 11 Then 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, “Teacher, 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.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
Some of the things that that will get you into Hell…
Groping a woman
Missing Mass without good reason
Receiving The Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin or otherwise unworthily
Sex outside of marriage
Taking the name of the Lord in vain
Having and abortion
Performing an abortion
Encouraging someone to have an abortion
Supporting abortion in any way
Excessive use of alcohol…
Or recreational drugs
Gossiping, spreading rumors and besmirching someone’s reputation
Engaging in or supporting homosexual activity
Judging the state of a person’s soul
Mt 7:5You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.
Lk 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.
Mt 6:12 Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…
We are outraged at the actions of someone else while someone else would be outraged at our own actions. In fact, we would be outraged at someone else performing our own actions. The only difference is that they did it instead of us.
A stone will break a window, but it will also break a mirror. Perhaps we need fewer windows and more mirrors…
We are all sinners.
We are all broken.
We are all saveable.