What Would Jesus Say Today

So often today we hear the claim that Jesus would condone modern morality. After all He understands what we are going through. The question we face is whether this claim is true. Can any story more pertinent to this question than the biblical story of the woman caught in adultery? There is much for both liberals and conservatives to ponder. Probably no other story reveals Jesus’ attitude towards sinners as this one.
His mercy was obvious. He did not condemn the woman. He said Let He without sin cast the first stone which is something we need to think about. All of us are sinners. We have no right to be worrying about other’s sins while we ignore our own. We need to take the plank out of our own eye rather than worry about others. Jesus didn’t like hypocrisy. He frequently criticized the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. We need to examine our own conscience about our own hypocritical tendencies.
We should rejoice that Jesus understood the weakness of the woman and he understands our weaknesses, our own struggle with sin. He also understands the struggle of those who commit abortion, homosexual acts and other modern day sins. Yes He understands. Yes He will forgive us just as He forgave the woman but it is also important to remember His last words to the woman.
Go and sin no more. He forgave her but He also told her to sin no more. We can be forgiven just as she was but we have to recognize our own sinfulness and try to change. Would Jesus have been as merciful if the woman had insisted that she wasn’t wrong? Can we deny our sins and expect forgiveness? Can we commit adultery over and over? Can we go against nature and God’s law and expect forgiveness if we deny our sinfulness? Can there be forgiveness without contrition and repentance?
Jesus did not condone sin. He never said sin was right but he forgave the sins of those who tried to change, who admitted their sinfulness. One of the biggest disagreements He had with the Pharisees was their refusal to admit their faults.
Over and over we hear how impossible it is to maintain a chaste lifestyle. It is difficult. Jesus never said it would be easy. He described the road to heaven as going through the narrow gate. We really can’t do this on our own but we were never meant to do so. We were always supposed to rely on God’s power not ours. With God all things are possible including living a chaste lifestyle. God provides the graces we need in the Sacraments but we must in humility take advantage of them. We must admit that we are sinners and open ourselves up to God’s grace.
We also need to remember Jesus warning about those who corrupt children. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their necks. Would He really favor the distribution of birth control devices in schools? Would He not speak out against the media and programs which discourage abstinence? Where would He stand on the issues of today?
Remember His last works to the woman were to go and sin no more. Would He not have the same message today?


Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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