The Adulterous Woman
Gospel Reading: John 8: 1-12
Dear Community of Christians,
For a moment, let us imagine the situation described before us. A vast great hall, the Temple of Jerusalem, was immense. Jesus was teaching in one part of the hall when suddenly many men appeared, put a woman in front of Jesus and surrounded them both. The woman was in the middle. The men brought their complaint and wait tensely for the answer. We can imagine the breathless silence, as all waited for the answer. And then - no answer, but Jesus Christ bent down and wrote something into the earth.
Who hasn't experienced entering a room with many people and all of a sudden, all eyes are directed towards oneself? What kind of feelings and thoughts arise inside us? Joy, pride, complacency, insecurity, shyness and so on. Do we also fear the unspoken judgements of those who look upon us? All these feelings and thoughts are possible, and they arise when our personality is not in balance. In the moment when we are completely ourselves, when we are anchored in our center, then we can connect selflessly with the surroundings without bothersome details, such as glances irritating us.
What we seldom consider is that we are continually looked at, looked at by the spiritual entities that permeate and guide our existence. And at the same time, we can be sure that they do not look at us with judgement. They perceive.
In this process of being perceived, our thoughts, our feelings and our actions are inscribed in the heavenly cosmos, thus our law of destiny is immortally inscribed. Without words Christ wrote into the earth. Is it the fateful deed of the woman whom he hands over to heaven and earth, or also the fateful deed of the accusing men?
The redeeming spoken word that he can then speak to the woman is "I do not accuse you either", It is the incredible grace that we can take from this word. The spiritual world does not condemn us. It is the relentless law of destiny that must be carried through all incarnations.
Rev. Ute Koenig