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A Second Chance
Monday, May 29th, 2017
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”
- John 8:11 (NRSV)
I often think back to mistakes I made both in the distant past and just yesterday. Why did I make that stupid remark? Why did I gossip about another person? And then I start thinking about larger life choices: wrong turns I have taken or times when I have done self-destructive things.
Then I think of how Jesus treated the woman caught in adultery in today’s reading. First he protected her from certain death at the hands of authorities by asking them to consider their own sins. And then, amazingly, he didn’t condemn her. Jesus gave her a second chance and the opportunity to learn from her mistakes.
When I do something I know is harmful to myself or others, I can remember that Jesus refrains from judging me, but calls me to make better decisions and sin no more. He gives me a second chance — and sometimes many more than that — every time.
Abigail Gary (New Jersey, USA)
Thought for the Day
Jesus always offers me a second chance.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us second chances to follow your ways. Help us to learn from our mistakes as we seek to follow you more faithfully. Amen.
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