By Fr Jim Hogan March 13, 2016
Seamus Heaney, a highly regarded Irish poet was profoundly troubled and inspired by the terrible violence of his home-land. In my limited reading of his work, I hear him engaging with the human tragedy of great hurts, great harms and loss. In his poem “The Cure of Troy” he wrote…”Human beings suffer, they torture one another, they get hurt and get hard. No poem or play or song can fully right a wrong inflicted or endured.”
Jesus of Nazareth was shaped and formed by the spirituality of the people with whom he lived. The spirituality of most Jews, not all of course, but most, was shaped and formed by Torah. In its appeals for obedience and loyalty to Yahweh, the Hebrew book of Deuteronomy established a broad range of laws including laws about sexual relations. Among those laws was the decree that men or women caught in adultery were to be “stoned.” A dreadful, violent law!
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