|Jesus so calmly writing|
Its all sins of commission and omission and you know what? God could care less! After we have gone to the Sacrament of Reconciliation those past whatevers are thrown into the Lake of Forgetfulness.
Never, NEVER, anywhere in the Gospels did I read the Scripture: "And Jesus nagged them another time." Gospel of Nobody Chapter 0 Verse 0.
We keep nagging ourselves about those little things that we should not have done, we feel we must be punished for them because God only loves the prefect. NO God loves us all and wants us to try and be as "prefect" - good as we can be: humanly perfect. He wants us to look at our life to see what patterns of behaviour need to be changed. What patterns we do create that are positive and need to continue and what things we barely use and need to be strengthened and added to our box of tricks?
We punish ourselves because of that one mistake that will haunt us for the rest of our lives. Sometimes we just need to let that go. It does nothing for us and frankly we are spreading our discord like a plague to everyone around us. We assume that we must humble ourselves because we are lower than worms before God, before everyone; when we do that God truly weeps for sorrow. He understands we are human but he also what us to understand that he loves US.
Remember the woman caught in adultery? John 8:3-11
During Jesus' time women were the property of first their fathers and then their husbands. Jesus taught that women were equals and, remember all the women who followed him, not be treated as possessions. Jesus confronts the crowd, mostly of men because adultery was woman's sin, by sitting down, and quietly writing in the sand. Do we know what he writes...does it matter?
What matters is that the woman's accusers got up and left her. Are we so willing to let our self accusers get up and walk away or do we let them hang around so we can re-punish ourselves? Clearly Jesus wanted the woman to let it go and move on with her life.
He says to the crowd: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last."
To her: "And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
He gives the woman and US the formula for letting go and letting God. We are to ask forgiveness, let go of what we have done and "go and sin no more;" go and do whatever it takes to do the best for ourself:
- Let go of the addiction
- Let go of the habit
- Let go of the self abuse
- Let go of the willingness to see yourself as less than nothing.
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