March 13, 2009

Throwing Stones

"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 some charge to bring against him.

"Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

Gospel of John 8:4-7

Saying he was "deeply sorry and ashamed," Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty Thursday to pulling off perhaps the biggest swindle in Wall Street history and was immediately led off to jail in handcuffs to the delight of his seething victims.

DeWitt Baker, an investor who attended the hearing and said he lost more than a million dollars with Madoff, called it "fantastic" that Madoff's bail was revoked but belittled the apology. "I don't think he has a sincere bone in his body," said DeWitt, who added that prison time would be too good for Madoff. "I'd stone him to death," he said.

Jesus' answer remains the same:
"Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone...."

O God, hear my confession of sinfulness and grant me forgiveness. God of grace and God of glory, on thy people pour thy power ... Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the living of these days. Amen.