Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4
WE ARE CALLED TO BUILD
Soon we will celebrate Holy Week when we will again tell the story of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. We will tell of the blood of the lamb as well. If these events were forgotten, Christianity would cease to exist.
Because the memory of our faith history establishes who we are, imagine the surprise of the Jews when Isaiah said "remember not the things of long ago." This is inconceivable! But God was ready to create new memory and if people clung too tightly to the past there would be no opportunity for something new. This had become a problem for Jesus. He sought to introduce something new, and the Scribes and the Pharisees sought to bring him down because of it.
The end of Lent, the Church has set aside Luke for John's Gospel, and we should pay close attention when we read those readings. After John had written, a problem had developed in the community about how to deal with someone who had sinned against the community. The story of the woman caught in adultery was so poignant and so revealing of Jesus' new teaching that an anonymous scribe added it to the Gospel.
Here was an attempt to trap Jesus. Roman law would not allow the Jews to put anyone to death, but Jewish law called for adulterers to be stoned. If Jesus called for the stoning, He would risk arrest by the Romans. It He didn't call for the stoning he risked losing credibility. Jesus knew it was a trap because both the man and the woman should have been stoned, but only the woman was dragged before Him. No one cared about her. She was only a pawn.
Much ado is made about Jesus writing in the dirt. It is a way of turning someone off, and Jesus turned off this crowd, but they were persistent Someone not guilty of the same or similar sin had to be the first to cast a stone.
Each time we come to Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, we are called to remember our past. If we become spiritually ill, we can usually find the cause in our spiritual genes. Our sins have been committed before. If we can spot them in the past, we can avoid them in the present.
Let us not annoy Jesus. Let's tell the stories. one more time so that we might understand and embrace them. Some believed the woman should have been stoned, Jesus believed the woman should be forgiven. We need to make this message new again.