For the six days preceding Easter, beginning on Monday, April 18, Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, Director, Department of Religion, Chautauqua Institution shares a meditation that will be offered in the Appleton Chapel of the Memorial Church at Harvard University. All the meditations are focused on Jesus the Merciful; Jesus the Compassionate. This title is taken from Muslim friends and
teachers who always greet any audience with the words “In t
he name of Allah,the Merciful,
g with Jesus‟ call to ministry, and each day thereafter touches on Jesus‟ acts of compassion as set forth in the
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Hear the words of Holy Scripture taken from the 8
Chapter of the Book of John,Verses 3 through 11.
The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to Jesus,
„Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what
do you say?‟ They said this to test him, so that they might have som
e charge to bring against him. They kept on questioning him, and he said to
„Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.‟ When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the
elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him.
Jesus said to her, „Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?‟ She said, „No one, sir.‟ And Jesus said, „Neither do I condemn you. Goyour way, and from now on do not sin again.‟
People have varying understanding of the history and root of scripture. Somebelieve that the scriptures are the revealed word of God. Some believe that they
are written by flawed human beings who recorded Jesus’ teaching as passed
down to them. Regardless, the reality is that the teachings of Jesus the merciful,Jesus the compassionate, are as relevant today as they were when Jesus lived.