Sunday, April 24, 2011
It would have been easy for him. No one would have batted an eye. He could have picked up a stone, and joined the crowd. The law, after all, was on their side. The woman was wrong, she had broken a law. She had sinned and she must be punished and it needed to be done soon. It would have been easy.
Instead he placed himself between the crowd and the woman so they couldn’t throw their stones. He looked at the ground for a bit and then made eye contact with each of them. “If YOU have never done anything remotely wrong, made a mistake, an error in judgment, anything like that. If you feel your slate is as pure as the driven snow, go ahead and throw the stone.
I imagine it was a bit tense for a few seconds. What if they didn’t get the point? He was directly in the line of fire. They’d not only get her but him also. They had the perfect justification. He had caused them to think about what they were getting ready to do. He asked then to look at them. They couldn’t have this. In the end they relented. They put down their stones and walked away.
I lie in bed this morning and that story popped into my head. I got a bit emotional. I realized that I walk around with a stone in my hand pretty much all the time. Oh, it has different things written on it. All of them are justified in my mind. They are people, or groups of people who don’t think the way I do and so I go running for some obscure quote, twist it a bit to make sure I feel right about what I am about to do, and then I rear back in my best Nolan Ryan impersonation and splatter you with that stone. I can almost hear the heavenly choir warming up in the background. The emotion that welled up inside of me had nothing to do with guilt or anything like it. It had to do with the fact that today, Easter, marks a new chapter, a new beginning in my life, my WHOLE life, if I choose to take it. It represents a resurrection, a casting off of old ways, beliefs and behaviors and embracing health in a holistic manner. It means that my body, mind and soul have a new opportunity to start again and in many ways become whole.
I embraced Good Friday a bit different than most Christians did this past week. I used it as a day to make peace and to let those old things inside of me die. It had to happen. There can be no resurrection inside of me until I let those things that hold me back die. They need to be dealt with and put in their proper place. I need to put down those stones, especially the ones I aim at my own image in the mirror.
Today is a resurrection for me as well as it can be for all of us. A time to recommit, renew and most importantly a time to quit throwing those gosh darned stones.
However you choose to celebrate it, have a Happy Easter