The prologue to St. John’s gospel introduces God’s Son as the Word. This life-giving Word—spoken down through the ages—became flesh and lived in our midst. For all of Christian history, the Word is intimately connected with all of human life. It is the purpose of TWIL (“The Word Is Life”) to bring the gospel to life and to bring life to the gospel. This blog will feature reflections on the Sunday Scriptures from contemporary Catholic writers, words of wisdom for our Spiritual journey from saints and blessed, and thoughtful reflections on masterpieces of sacred art. We at Living with Christ hope that they will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.

What do I see in the mirror?

Categories: Sunday Scripture Reflection,The Word Is Life

I remember a time when I was filled with a strong and righteous anger, which I carefully nourished by collecting stories that proved my point. I went off on a weekend retreat, hoping to get some rest. The first evening began with the simple statement: “We are all sinners.” I still recall the strong feeling that rose up in me. “Not me, I am not the sinner. Do you know what those others are doing?” Then came the next statement: “If we are not sinners, we have no need of the Lord.” I was silenced. My anger drained away, leaving me facing my own flaws, with the Lord by my side.

In today’s gospel, we can feel the bloodthirsty, righteous anger of the mob that brings the woman caught in adultery before Jesus. They have been looking for the opportunity to remove him, for his words and actions are causing so much trouble in their world. Finally, this is the moment. If he upholds the Law of Moses, they can stone the woman, and his reputation as the one who helps the helpless will be destroyed. If he does not uphold the Law, they can have him killed.

Jesus chooses another way. He holds up a mirror and invites each person to take a look at what they see.

Marilyn Sweet

Author: Living with Christ

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