There is so much to contemplate in Jesus’ ability to forgive. The elders who are rigid in their way to stone the adulterous women also play an important part. Their role in the story shows that forgiving is a complex issue. It is a long lasting dialogue between our soul and Jesus. Healing, and understanding of a situation requires our co-operation and openness to other way’s of judging a situation and someone.
What strikes us is how much Jesus is above the mud and distortions of our human judgements. He is outside the murderous cycles of our judgements, which, often lead to death; the death of a situation, a dialogue, a relationship.
The statue of the Sacred Heart in our chapel is very expressive of the nature of his judgement. The hands of the statue are broken. Now it can be read as an expression how human judgement can be devastating and actually they wound us and others. Also, just a reminder, Jesus was wounded to death by misjudging who he was and what he did. Love was sentenced to be a criminal.
The message of these wounded hands in our Chapel is this. ‘Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.’ Go and judge no more.
These are verbal Icons, expressions of how the world is seen from Saint Augustine's..