Remember not the events of the past,
the things of long ago consider not;
see, I am doing something new!
Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
Remember not the events of the past... God is doing something new. Now I know lots of folks who would say, "See, things have to change!" And indeed they do, but maybe not in the way that you think.
I think that what is new is that God is always trying to reach out to us and transform us. Well - that is always happening. What's new? We might actually notice. And respond. Maybe.
If we don't see it, feel it - well then we cannot perceive it.
And today's Gospel? Well we know that John does not waste one single word. God's forgiveness was always available, but that is not how people perceived it.
And then this...“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at 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.”
I was reminded of all of this when I watched the video below, from Thursday's Colbert show. It is both funny and not funny at once. The media is alive with this and that, who is at fault and who to blame and who is condemned, who is in and who is out.
Jesus is pretty clear - we have another chance. Go and sin no more. If you read the Gospel and think that he is just talking about adultery... read it again. He is talking about a lot of things.
Find 7 minutes or so and watch this very funny and very not funny video of Fr. James Martin on the Colbert Report. I think it is unlikely that Glen Beck will become Pope, but if he does, I'm with Jim Martin!
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Glenn Beck Attacks Social Justice - James Martin|