Mary Magdalene lived in Splendid Solitude. The woman was lost to her body held captive to the influences of the world. Caught in the Act one day, she was yanked from the shadows of her bedroom and dragged through the streets of Jerusalem. The Pericope Adulterae is a traditional name for a passage about Eisa(Jesus) and the Woman taken in adultery.
from verses 7:53 – 8:11 of the Gospel of John, the reading for today.
In an unexpected move, Pope Benedict XVI announced his desire to step down as Pope. He had come to the certainty saying: ” That my Strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine Ministry.”
Eisa(Jesus) was teaching the crowd at the temple.The Pharisees having caught Mary Magdalene in the act, wanted to know how Eisa(Jesus) would respond to the Law of Moses, and before the crowd threw Mary at his feet. The Pharisees were quick to judge and condemn.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was chosen to lead the church as Pope Francis. The Media and Critics went into an overdrive historical research – fault finding – condemning mode. They concluded the new Pope had stayed silent during the systematic human right abuses by the former military dictatorship in his home country.
When Eisa(Jesus) was asked whether or not he agreed to her being stoned responded,“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one the lynch mob retreated, realizing they too were sinners.
Vatican denied the accusations, while Pope Francis laid a clear moral path for the church beset by scandals and dissent saying;” Let us never give in to the pessimism, to the bitterness the devil places before us every day.”
When they had left, Eisa(Jesus) asked the woman where those who condemned her had gone.When she said there are none left, Eisa(Jesus) said, ” And neither do I condemn you. Go and Sin no more.” Eisa(Jesus) did not condone adultery but expected the woman to turn away from sin.
Pope Francis said,” I leave from where the Apostle arrived.”