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Sinners Aren't Bad- Sunday Readings!

    This weekend we take a break from listening to Luke speak and we listen to a Gospel from John. This Gospel, is only found in John and is an interesting one to say the least.

The Pharisees and the scribes brought Jesus a women whom is a prostitute. Now, the pharisees wanted to trap Jesus and kill him, but they couldn't do that unless they had something to hold against him. Like breaking their Law, doing something bad... ect. And they had to do this because some people found Jesus to be a prophet. So they couldn't kill him without a reason, cause people saw him as a great prophet whom, God was with.

Now, the Pharisees and Scribes tricked him by this in two ways: 1) If he says let the woman God than he breaks the Mosaic Law making him an irreligious person. 2) If he said to Stone her to death than he isn't following the Roman Law. Jesus is stuck.  But clearly, he wiggles him self out of situation.

" If anyone of you is without sin, let him throw the first stone"

This woman had sinned. Jesus was trying to make the point, that they all have sinned, so in a sense if they were gonna stone her because of sin than they might well have all stoned each other because they all have sinned. 

I was teaching some grade twos last Tuesday, and I had just finished from part of a book that said sinners. Then one boy shouts, "I Hate Sinners. Sinners are horrible people" At first I couldn't believe he said that, but then I came to the conclusion of unawareness. So I tried to stress the point that we all sin. So I said, " Have you always listened to you parents when they tell you to do something" The boy said "No" I replied to him, " Well than you sinned. You had broken the Ten Commandments." Then I continued on to explaining how I sin, and they all sin. It's part of being human. 
But, as we here from Jesus, we must move on. We must not live that life of sin. Their, in the middle of room was that child. asking me this question. And there was the woman who sinned in the middle of the group. The woman, and Jesus were left once everyone left. We are the woman. We all have sinned, and Jesus calls us this lent to be able to take responsibly for our sins. But the important part is that we forget the past and seek to move forward. 

I really like the connection between all three readings this weekend. Usually their is a message between similar between the second reading and the Gospel or the first and the Gospel. But today, happily it's both. They all have the same message: Don't focus on the Past ( With our sins) and Seek the Lord to move forward.

Paul tells us not to ponder on our past, but strain to move forward in Christ Jesus. He tells us that by knowing the Lord, we can move forward. With the help of Jesus our Lord we can clearly see the future, if we let God have control.

Paul also tells us that he would give up everything to for the greatness of the Lord and the Power of his Resurrection  He would give up everything to follow Christ. To do his will, his mission for him.

Jesus said to the woman, " Than neither will I condemn you" Jesus didn't come to condemn he came to save. Save all sinners like this woman. He came for the poor, not the rich. Whom, these people thought the king would come for. He came to give us an example of forgiveness, Love and Compassion for our neighbor.

For ages people have been trying to figure out what Jesus writes on the ground. Some people say he writes a list of his family tree, some people say he doodles to spare time, others say he makes the sign that appears on his grave later, and my favorite is that he did it not to make the woman feel even more shameful but not looking at her like every other man their.

Regardless of what Jesus wrote, or what sins we have forgiven, we have to remember that Jesus will always have his arms wide open, with Love and Compassion. Jesus is our God. He is our Lord. He will not put shame on us, he will welcome us. We though, must come and not be embarrassed by our sins. We must stand up to them and ask for forgiveness.

Sinners Aren't Bad!


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