I keep getting messages, through various digital media, about Amoris Laetitia and the dissenters are pretty raucous. They quote the purists, the righteous and the traditionalists. This got me thinking.
The ‘regular’ Catholic (and even most of the irregular ones) should be familiar with the story of the adulterous woman whom Jesus saved from stoning.
Let’s go back to that moment for a bit. Jesus was, at that time, a young Jewish man familiar with Jewish law and all its nuances. He would know very well that the penalty for adultery was stoning to death. Here were elders and Jews, steeped in their faith, who brought this woman before him. Did she deny the charge? No. Was it a questionable charge? Again, no. Apparently, the woman’s transgressions were well known. Were the elders well within their rights to stone her? Technically, yes. Because it was the law and they observed the law very rigidly.
What did Jesus do?
He did not harangue the woman. He did not conduct a court of inquiry. He made a simple statement,’Let he who is without sin cast the first stone’!
While the elders were ‘rooting out’ sin, here was one who sought mercy for a sinner and offered a second chance.
Jesus was radical for his time. So radical that they crucified him.
History repeats itself.