Lent Reflection Monday March 23
Monday March 23, 2015
He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. John 8: 7
In Victor Hugo’s novel Les Mise’rables Jean Valjean is imprisoned for nineteen years. His crime? He stole bread to feed his family. The story calls us to remember that things are not always as they seem.
In today’s Gospel, there may be more to the story. A women is caught in the act of adultery. But perhaps she was seduced or forced into the act. Maybe her family abandoned her. Whatever the reason, Jesus forgives her “crime.” He also calls those who condemn her to examine their own failings.
If you are having a difficult time forgiving someone, consider today’s Gospel. There is nearly always more to the story than we know.
Written by Nancy Jo Sullivan
Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.