Yesterday, I was speaking with a fellow Theology teacher. We were discussing the book Flash Forward. It deals with themes of the God Particle, free will, predestination and hope. The book discusses suicide as a way out of predestination. We were talking about the hope that is needed to save a life from suicide. The teacher made a reference to the scripture of the woman caught in adultery. I was intrigued and listened intently. She said the woman must have felt “predestined” that her stoning was impending and there was no way out, no hope for survival. Then she finds herself standing next to Jesus Christ. He asks her if no one has condemned her and when she looks she realizes her doom had been averted by Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave her hope that she could live.
In my teachings I always referenced this reading to illustrate reconciliation, forgiveness of sins and sinning no more. This teacher brought a new perspective to the story. Symbolically it tells us that when we feel hopeless, with stones in the hands of those who want to kill us, we must turn to Jesus Christ because he is our only hope and hope is what saves a life.