The man caught committing effrontery
Peter Day, Canberra & Goulburn priest, reflects on society’s need for heroes and anti-heroes.
Early in the morning he came to one of the nation’s most popular temples, Rod Laver Arena. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The newspaper scribes and some upstanding tennis aficionados brought a man who had been caught committing effrontery; and making him stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this man was caught in the very act of committing effrontery. Now in our sporting code and culture we are compelled to condemn such men. Now what do you say?” He turned around and wrote on a whiteboard. When they kept on questioning him, he said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without fault be the first to condemn him.” When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the most seasoned scribes; and Jesus was left alone with the man standing before him. He said to him, “Mate, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” He said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not act in an unsportsmanlike way.”
“What’s he doing?” his team mates an onlookers exclaimed with puzzlement; “This is the World Cup, for god’s sake… what’s he doing?”