Drop the Stone

April 6, 2019

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:1-11)

In tomorrow’s gospel, we will hear these words from Jesus.

I wish I could say that I never stand in judgment of others or point accusing fingers at them. I wish I could say that I never act in a self-righteous manner. I wish that I condemned others less and showed compassion more. I wish that when I read this Gospel story I hadn’t pictured myself holding a stone.

I pray for the gift of compassion today, in the words of St. Teresa of Calcutta:

Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one.

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