We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.
Saint John Paul the Great
In John 7:53-8:11, we read the beautiful account of Jesus and the woman that had been caught in adultery:
“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” …Those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one…“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.”
When you meditate once more on this Gospel account, my hope is that you come out remembering this woman encountered by Christ not as “the sinful woman” but as “the forgiven woman.” And, may you also apply this way of thinking to yourself by experiencing the power of God’s grace and mercy in your own heart.
I am the forgiven woman. I am the woman that was caught in adultery, condemned not to death but invited by Christ to Life. As Jesus says, “I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.” (John 10:10)
By His grace and His mercy, we are made into new creations, or, rather, we are restored to our original creation. God does not hurl stones at us but spoon feeds us the Bread of Life!
Truly, we are precious and beloved daughters of the Father and we are the sum His love for us…and can this Love ever be summed up?
I pray that God may grant us the gift of a true mirror. Under His Light, may we see through our blemishes, our weakness, and our failures, and see the image of the one, true, good, and beautiful God in our reflection. May we also see our sisters in Christ under this same Light.
(You can watch this scene from the Bible Series HERE)