“When a soul sees and realizes the gravity of its sins, when the whole abyss of the misery into which it immersed itself is displayed before its eyes, let it not despair, but with trust let it throw itself into the arms of My mercy, as a child into the arms of its beloved mother. These souls have a right of priority to My compassionate Heart, they have first access to My mercy. Tell them that no soul that has called upon My mercy has been disappointed or brought to shame. I delight particularly in a soul which has placed its trust in My goodness.”
Words of Jesus to Faustina recounted in her Diary, par. 1541
The exclamation point at the end of Isaiah’s testimony is appropriate. Jesus, today, does something new. We can only speculate on the woman felt. Was it show Shame? Fear? Contriteness? Sorrow? Maybe even anger at being caught or exposed? We do not know. Perhaps the true answer is, “all of the above,” since much of this speculation most likely comes from our own personal experience of sin! Still today, Jesus is doing something new!
Here is another bit of speculation that is likely to rock the walls of some theological foundations. From whom does our human sense of justice emanate, God or satan? Perhaps this is the crucial question that the Holy Spirit is challenging us to consider in this Year of Mercy.
Though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us… and you taught your people, by deeds, that those who are just must be kind (Wis. 12:19). Throughout the Bible, God’s justice is not portrayed in cold-hearted opposition to His mercy but as another side of the same coin. His justice often brings us to His mercy.
The hearts of the men toward the adulteress in today’s Gospel are filled with hate and anger. How often do we feel the same when we think or act with our human sense of justice and could this be satan’s way of distracting us from what God wants? Satan is very adept at disguising himself as a benevolent god but it is only Jesus who fulfills the words of Isaiah’s prophecy: through his suffering, my servant shall justify many (Is. 53:11).