HOMILY FOR MONDAY OF THE 5TH WEEK OF LENT.
THEME: NEITHER DO I CONDEMN YOU!
BY: Benedict Agbo (Rev Fr).
* Dan 13: 1 – 30, Jn 8: 1 – 11.
Why is it that the greatest sinners are often the foremost in condemning others? Perhaps they do this unconsciously in order to cover their own sins or distract people’s attention from themselves to other’s sins. Or perhaps in accusing others they massage their own ego by establishing that ‘their brothers all over are suffering the same fate’.
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Our judgment of others must have the following two qualities;
1. Fairness; We must not be rash like in the case of today’s 1st reading without hearing the other’s point of view. Don’t also help to spread a rumour if you don’t want to share in the sin. In today’s 1st reading we are told that if not that God roused the Holy Spirit residing in a young boy called Daniel, Susanna would have been a dead woman. The immoral elders had already accused her of immorality and everybody had succumbed to the accusation.
2. Kindness; Our kindness to others must be the resultant effect of our receiving kindness from God. How can God be tolerating our sins when we cannot tolerate the sins of others? The Pharisees, in today’s gospel, were ready to stone the woman caught in adultery even when they were guilty themselves of similar iniquity. It may have also been a Pharisee like themselves who did it with her but they allowed him to escape.
J Mason says, ‘Judge yourself with the judgment of sincerity and you will be able to judge others with the judgment of charity’. Jesus was the only one qualified to cast a stone at the woman but he decided not to condemn her. He condemned sin and loved sinners. So, he condemned the woman’s sin and called her to repentance thus, giving her a second chance. Christians are called 24: 7 to do like Jesus did – to stoop down and examine so many things before we condemn people. May God bless you today!
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