Sticks and Stones

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 03/11/2016

in Lent

Fifth Sunday of Lent — Cycle C

March 13, 2016

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn 8:7b)

Do you remember children on a playground chanting, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?”

Sticks and Stones

In Biblical time stones became killing weapons, especially for adulterous women.

The Pharisees and Scribes tried to trick Jesus once more. Jesus creatively with stick and sand subverted the tricksters. The law-abiding religious leaders were out tricked by a merciful Jesus.

Sticks and Stones and Words

Written in the sand,

Call for choices,

Law or Love?

Lay down your stones.

Perhaps the stones we’ve gathered show our true selves. Do we live by law or by love?

These weeks of Lent have been eye openers. In our prayers and penances we decided not to judge those with whom we live, see and work gave us the realization of how blind sighted we can be.

Just maybe our words show our own sinfulness. Sins like “our willfulness, our self-sufficiency, our meanness, our malice, our self-assertion and our pride” Magnificat, p. 195, March 2016

Lay down your stones.

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the the first to throw a stone a her.” (Jn 8:7b)

Merciful Lord, look on me with compassion and forgiveness. Lead me from the darkness of sin into your light. Let me hear you say to me as you said to the woman caught in adultery.

“Neither do I condemn you.”


For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. What would Jesus write in the sand about you?
  2. Why do we tend to compare and judge one another?
  3. Who are the people in your life who love you just as you are – warts and all?
  4. Why is it so difficult to forgive those who hurt you?
  5. Humans judge by appearances, what’s missing in this thought?

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