Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Jn 12:1-11 Snap!

Monday of Holy Week
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Judas the Iscariot, one of Jesus disciples, and the one who would betray him, said, "Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days' wages and given to poor?"  He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions.

Why does Judas say such awful things to the Lord?  I have no doubt Judas was a good man, at the beginning, and that he wished to follow Christ with all his heart.  But over time something horribly wrong happened to him, and somewhere, somehow, he lost his faith in the Lord. 

Has this happened to me?  Has this happened to all of us? 

Be careful, for even the Lord's most loving expressions of affection can seem like pure exaggeration, and be met with suspicion, when one's mind is orchestrating and the heart is ill. 

Every good deed felt like a thorn in Judas' side and became an occasion for cynicism and open rebellion. 

No one is good.  No one is that good.  No one deserves to be respected.  No one deserves my respect. 

Why do we think such awful things?  Because we have been taught to think such things and to believe in such things.

Why do you say these awful things to me?  I know a lot of moms and dads who work tirelessly to keep their teenage children on the straight and narrow path, only to be met with ridicule and scorn by them.  They hear horrible things said to them and wonder:  "Why do they say these awful things to me?  Have I done something wrong?" 

I remember working for a man who was very power hungry, anal-retentive, obnoxious, rude, vulgar and downright mean to people in general and to me, specifically.  I immediately adapted myself to his style of being and found myself acting like a puppy dog in his presence.  Mind you, no one in the office argued with him.  No one complained about him.  No one criticized him.  On the contrary, people showed a great deal of respect towards him.  "Yes, sir!" was what I most often heard in his office.  Strangely enough, the people who worked the closest to him enjoyed working for him.  He made them feel like they owned the place.  It was all like a mafia. 

Now when I got shipped over to a new department, I found myself before a very kind and humble boss - one of those "team player" type of guys.  Unfortunately, I interpreted humility with mental weakness, gentleness with cowardice, and honesty with naiveté.  I would often blow up at him, and for the tiniest of reasons.  But one day, in a strong and calm voice, he asked me: "Why do you say such awful things to me?"  At that very moment, my mind and heart shattered and I felt like a spell had been broken, a spell that had been put on me by my former boss.

It took a while for me to stop standing on my head and to get my bearings straight.

What about you?  Are you still struggling?

I believe Judas had a higher regard for the Lord from a distance than he did close up and personal.  I'm convinced he saw the makings of a great king in Christ's healing powers, but a pauper in His willingness to forgive lepers and love sinners.  I believe Judas was certain the Lord had what it took to establish a new kingdom on earth, but was confused as hell as to why He kept confronting the country's greatest leaders!

Stop doing that! 

It's hard to break the spell that has been cast on us.  It's hard to believe there's a strength that comes from poverty and a beauty that accompanies humility.

Judas snapped before he could change.   

When you look at Judas, who do you see?  I know I see a bit of myself in him. 

We need to change before we snap.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Mt 26:14-27:66 Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday
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I don't know about you, but I struggle getting into the proper mood during Holy Week.  It's hard to be sad when you know how the story ends. 

I do not envy our ancestors at all, but I do believe they lived these upcoming days (Holy Week) in a way I will never be able to.  Their hearts and minds must have been filled with every type of emotion: with fits of fear, anger, guilt, denial, bitterness, confusion, despair, surprise, excitement, etc...  They must have gone from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows; from feeling like their world was falling apart to feelings of being on the top of the world; from hell to heaven in seventy-two hours.  Crazy! 

Today's Gospel passage invite us to let loose our emotions, to allow ourselves to be swept away by feelings of sadness and of guilt. 

These are the days to allow our imagination to run wild and to picture ourselves in every scene:  with Judas and the chief priests; with the disciples in the upper room; with Christ in Gethsemane; with the Lord at his trial and execution.

These are the days for contemplation and reflection; for sorrow and tears; to meditate on what we did to Him and what He did for us.

+ One of you will betray me...They began to say to him one after another, "Surely it is not I, Lord?" 

Sometimes the best lessons in life come from other people's mistakes.  All our lives we have been told to be very confident in ourselves.  Do I pride myself in being confident in myself?  If so, then take some time to reflect on this passage.  I find it earth shattering and timely.  Consider this passage an invitation to be less confident in oneself and more confident in every word that comes forth from the mouth of Christ. 

Then Judas, his betrayer, said in reply, "Surely it is not I, Rabbi?" 

Even Judas joined in like the rest of them.

+ This night all of you will have your faith in me shaken.

What night?  Only God knows, but there will come a night when the world comes tumbling down on me:  a phone call in the middle of the night; a horrible diagnosis; some terrible news.  The headless horseman will come riding to me in the middle of the night to shake my faith in all I ever knew and believed in.

+ Peter said to him in reply, "Though all may have their faith in you shaken, mine will never be."

He's so confident in himself.  Do I see a little of myself in him?

+ [Again] Peter said to him, "Even though I should have to die with you, I will not deny you."

Peter!  Peter!  Stop.  Lord!  Lord!  I get your point.  I'm sorry for the times I have promised way too much to you.  Better to be honest and humble, then confident and a liar.

+ Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived accompanied by a large crowd, with swords and clubs...His betrayer arranged a sign with them, saying, "The man I shall kiss is the one; arrest him."  Immediately he went over to Jesus and said, "Hail, Rabbi!" and he kissed him.

Do my thoughts or intentions correspond to my words and gestures? Am I nice to others just to get what I want? 

What looks like love is no love at all.  It is betrayal.  Have I betrayed God?  Have I betrayed my brothers and sisters?  Have I betrayed myself?

+ The high priest said to Jesus, "I order you to tell us under oath before the living God whether you are the Christ, the Son of God." ...[Then] Jesus stood before the governor, and he questioned him, "Are you the king of the Jews?"

Do you really want to know?  Is anybody really interested in the truth?  If not, then why keep asking?  This all for show!

Do I really want to know who Jesus of Nazareth is or have I already made up my mind? Am I really interested in the truth or am I just going through the motions?

Jesus told Pontius Pilate what he told the high priest:  "You have said so."  And they all threw a fit! 

So why did the Pharisees, scribes, elders, chief priests and the entire Sanhedrin hate Jesus so much?  What did He do?  Simply put: He ruined a good thing.  He revealed to the world who God is, and they didn't like what they saw.

"You have your God.  I have my God."  Sound familiar?  It does to me.  I used to say it all the time.  It was my favorite argument against others.  But it is no argument at all.  It's just a retreat.  It's a tactic. 

Jesus blew apart our image of God, the one created with our pride, vanity and sensuality; the one that took years to construct; the one that looks an awful lot like, well, me.  How convenient of him.  How convenient of me. Look at how flexible my god is.  He bends with me. He sides with me. He agrees with me. He loves me.  How wonderful is my god.  

We hate Christ because He ruined our relationship with our false gods!

+ Those passing by reviled [Jesus], shaking their heads and saying, "...Save yourself...and come down from the cross!"  The chief priests...mocked [Jesus] and said, "...Let him come down now, and we will believe in him."

Spoken like a true militant atheist but with an interesting religious twist.  

Militant atheists don't rely on God for anything.  If you want something done, then you better take matters (and some people) into your own hands, even at the risk of being very wrong. 

Militant "religious atheists" don't rely on God for anything religious,  especially when dealing with religious people.  They tend to take matters and people into their own hands, even at the risk of being very wrong.  

Well if "God" won't put Jesus of Nazareth to death, then we will, and we will do it anyway we can, even if it means doing everything the devil would do. 

Religious atheists think they are doing God a favor when they kill His "enemies" in His name.  They are not.  The crucifixion of our Lord teaches us that.  

Jesus said to his disciple:  "Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.  Do you think that I cannot call upon my Father and he will not provide me at this moment with more than twelve legions of angels?"  

As the Lord's disciples were being rounded up and beaten, one of the wisest words ever spoken in the New Testament (Acts 5:34-39) came from a devout Jew, a Pharisee, who apparently remained a devout Jew all his life. His name was Gamaliel.  In the presence of his fellow Pharisees, he said the following words:

"Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.  After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

These are the days for contemplation and reflection; for deep sorrow and tears; and to meditate on what the Lord did for us and we did to Him.

+ Arise, let us be on our way.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Jn 11:45-56 Forget what you saw here.

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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Meditation by Kim Elenez

“I didn’t see that.” How many times have we uttered those words when we know we most definitely did see it? Perhaps to a colleague doing something that you both know is wrong, but chose to turn a blind eye. Maybe your child spilled a drink in a store, and you just looked both ways and kept going. “I didn’t see that.”

The Lord gives us so many wonderful gifts – sight is one of them. With this gift we appreciate the power of His majesty with color and expression. But He has also given our minds the gift of sight in that we can “see” things without using our eyes.  Understanding and comprehension are equivocal to sight. And because of this, at times, we decide what we want to see.

You can’t put toothpaste back in the tube.

I don’t remember where I picked up this phrase. Probably in some business meeting or from some speaker, where jargon and metaphors run a muck to turn dry conversation richer. That said, I like it. It means that you can’t un-do some situations. For example, you can’t un-say something. Once you’ve said it, it’s out there, now what will you do?

So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.”

But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing…

I have to believe the chief priests and Pharisees felt like they had toothpaste all over the place. What are we going to do with this guy Jesus? He’s out there making believers out of all these people, and we haven’t shut him down? And we haven’t because, gulp, he’s got the goods to back up his claims. Ok, ok, here’s the deal, fellas – you know nothing. Capiche?

So from that day on they planned to kill him.

What if they hadn’t killed Him? What if they had chosen to honor Him and believe? What a mess that would have been to clean up! The Romans would have made their life absolute hell. To bad for those chief priests and Pharisees that they didn’t comprehend the reality that they would have had God on their side during that cleanup period with the Romans. Sometimes when the toothpaste is out, we make an even bigger mess trying to clean it up.

But remember this was not their plan. God knew that these humans would fail. Christ’s passion was decided by God, so it was going to happen, Pharisees or not. We flawed humans made sure of that long before Jesus was born. This is God’s will – to go to the extreme to get the point across.

As we prepare to enter holy week, look around. What messes are happening around you that you typically don’t stop to clean up? What are you choosing not to see? Maybe it’s a relationship with a sibling? Maybe it’s a project at work that you’ve been procrastinating?

Spend some alone time with the Lord. He will forgive what you’ve let slip, and you will get great joy from the encounter. Lent is our time to stop repeating the mistakes of the past and to great the world with a new sense of hope.

This meditation was written by Kim Elenez, wife, mother and media executive in Dallas, TX. Kim converted to Catholicism in 2012.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jn 10:31-42 God Speed

Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus.  Jesus answered them, "...If I do not perform my Father's works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."  They tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power.  ...[But] many began to believe in him.

The three root sins.  Violent acts have been committed because of them.  Family members and friends have not spoken to one another because of them.  Good people have been overlooked because of them.  Foolish and deadly deeds have been performed because of them.  Life for many has become unbearable because of them.  What are they?  The three root sins:  pride, vanity and sensuality.

This is the last week before Holy Week.  It's that time of year when we need to do a Program of Life. 

Since the goal of every baptized Christian is to be "transformed into Christ," then it's important we get to know ourselves as quickly as possible, accept the brutal facts about ourselves and get to work to improve ourselves.   A Program of Life aims to do just that.

Pride, vanity and sensuality - like poor eating habits, a lack of sleep and not enough exercise - are sucking the very life out of us.  They may not be shortening our life span, but they are definitely not allowing us to live life to the full.

Get to know yourself.    We all suffer from pride, vanity and sensuality, but one of these three sticks out its ugly head a bit more than the others.  Which one is it?

PRIDE:  My security and self-esteem depend on me.
  • Am I highly critical of others?
  • Do I get annoyed with those who disagree with me?
  • Am I judgmental?
  • Do I put others down?
  • Do I love to gossip about others?
  • Do I have a hard time admitting my mistakes?
  • Do I hide my faults?
  • Do I "feel" like I don't need to pray?
  • Am I calculating in my prayers (for example:  If you do this, Lord, then I will do this...).
  • Am I constantly making excuses for myself?
  • Do I get enraged when others do not thank me?
  • Do I hold on to grudges?
  • Do I put myself first?
  • Do I think I am the only one who can do it right?
VANITY:  My security and self-esteem depend on others.
  • Am I constantly seeking admiration?
  • Do I often talk about myself to others?
  • Do I stretch the truth?
  • Do I find it difficult to saying "No"?
  • Do I sacrifice my principles in order to fit in?
  • Am I afraid to stand up for what I believe?
  • Am I easily discouraged by failure?
  • Am I always asking others for their opinion?  "How did I do?" or "How do I look?"
  • Do I get easily crushed by a negative comment?
SENSUALITY:  My security and self-esteem depend on what I have.
  • Do I seek the most comfortable state of being?
  • Do I seek the path of least resistance?
  • Do I run and hide from difficulties?
  • Do I complain about the slightest amount of pain or discomfort?
  • Do I find it difficult to make a sacrifice?
  • Am I doing shoddy job at work and complain about it as well?
  • Do I wait for others to serve me?
  • Do my feelings rule me?
  • Do I do and/or eat only what I like?
  • Am I constantly seeking pleasure?  Is it like a drug?
  • Do I only work with those I like?
Accept the brutal facts.  Don't worry, I know what you are thinking.  If you think you have all three, then join the club!  We all have all three!  But now is not the time to get down on yourself and shed a tear.  It's time to accept the brutal facts and move on. 

So which of these three stand out above the crowd?  Is it your pride, your vanity or your sensuality?  Pick a root sin, any root sin.

Get to work.  1st step.  The first thing you need to do is pick a motto.  Yep.  You will need a heavy duty motivational quote.  Below are some suggestions: [Remember to only pick one root sin.]

PRIDE:  Jesus meek and humble of heart.
VANITY:  It is no longer I who live in me but Christ.
SENSUALITY:  Thy Will be done!

2nd step.  How does this root sin manifest itself in your life?  How does it make its appearance in your life?  List only four or five examples.  Name names when appropriate and be specific in your examples.  Don't hold back on anything.  This list is for your eyes only. 

3rd step.  Now write out some very specific things that you can do to fix the problems.  List four or five concrete things that you can do on a daily or weekly basis.  Be specific.  This is your medication.  Don't hold back.  This list is for your eyes only. 

This is your Program of Life.   Take a look at it in the morning.  Examine your conscience in the afternoon.  Ask yourself how you did at the end of the day.

May God be with you.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jn 8:51-59 Taking Christ's Word For It

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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Jesus said to the Jews:  "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death."  So the Jews said to him, "Now we are sure that you are possessed.  Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say 'Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.'  Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died?...Who do you make yourself out to be?"

From Life to Living.  We all have life, but that doesn't mean we're all living.  To live in sin and fear is not living, it means barely surviving.  To transition from surviving to succeeding requires living in Christ Jesus.   

"Remain in me as I remain in you" (Jn 15:4). "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (Jn 8:31).

"You will truly be my disciples" is another way of saying, "You will truly be alive." 

Abram was always alive, but he was not always living.  He began to live when he began to believe, and he began to believe when he took a leap of faith and left everything he ever knew for God's sake and for good.  It was from this moment on that Abram became known as Abraham.  His life took on a whole new meaning.  His change of name reflected a change of heart, mind, will and strength.  The old man was dead.  A star was born.   He went from being an insect (in the eyes of many) to a Patriarch (in the eyes of God); a small town boy to the father of millions (if not billions) of stars.  Wow!  What a change.  Talk about turning someone's life upside down and right side up! 

This is what God did through him, with him and in him. 

This is what He can do through us, with us and in us, if only we give him our permission.

Whoever keeps my word will not see death.  Sin kills.  It kills the mind, heart, body and soul.  It decapitates the mind, aggravates the heart and disintegrates the soul.  By now, you would think we had figured this out.  We haven't.  If saints die young, then sinners die younger.

Although it's bad enough that most people today are standing on their head, what makes it worse is how oblivious they are to it.  When the Church speaks out against premarital sex, people throw their hands up in protest.  But when Katy Perry and company glamorize drinking and partying - every Friday night - then young people throw their hats up in the air in agreement.  You might say, "Well, what the Pope says matters to over one billion people."  That may be true, but what Lady Gaga and Katy Perry think has just as much of an influence as the Pope.  In fact, individually, they have more people following them on twitter than he does.  Where is the responsibility?  Where is the accountability?    No where.  Standing on our heads.

This morning I gave a talk out at Christ the King School (CKS).  It is, without doubt, one of the finest schools in Dallas, if not the entire United States of America.  Their mission is simple:  train students to be saints, to succeed, not just survive.  This may sound obvious, but it is not, for so many schools today are trying to survive; that is, they are trying hard just to get their students to graduate.  Unfortunately, for many fine administrators, graduation rates have become the new metric of success, rather than an indication of the state of our society and families. 

What are we to do?  I'm not sure, but we shouldn't be redefining success or faking it or lowering it.  That's for sure.

The Lord told the Pharisees what they needed to hear, and it wasn't exactly what they wanted to hear. 

Lent is all about taking Christ's word for it, and not just His life.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jn 8:21-30 Mickey Mouse Or Jesus Christ?

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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Jesus said to the Pharisees:  "What I told you from the beginning.  I have much to say about you in condemnation.  But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.  When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM." 

Pruning and Uprooting.  Lent is that time of year to do some heavy duty cleaning inside our spiritual home.  It's that time of year to fertilize our pride and vanity with some simplicity and humility, and to prune our hearts and minds from earthly (or dirt-y) attachments. 

My life can grow wild, just like so many things surrounding it.  And with so much craziness going on around me, inside of me, and below me, I can easily feel like my life is out of control and out of my hands.   

Over the years, Lent has taken on a new meaning in my life.  It has become a significant part of my maturing process.  And whatever helps me to grow will always be a blessing to me.

Which brings me to my final point.  The ultimate purpose of Lent is not to make me a better man but to remind me of who I belong to; to who owns me.  I do not belong to Mother Nature or to humanity.  I belong to Jesus Christ.  I owe my life to Him and no one else.

Where do you belong?  The Lord had a very frank conversation with his critics:  "You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above.  You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world." 

Do you ever feel like you don't belong here?  If so, then good job!  Congratulations to you!  You're doing great this Lent!

Earth is not our home.  It is our workplace.  This is not where we belong.  It is God's EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow).  

We can live like highly evolved animals or we can live like Christians.  We can live for things that belong to this world or live for the things that belong to God.   

This morning, I spoke to someone who works at a Catholic radio station.  They were seeking my opinion on a question someone recently called in and asked.  It was a great question.  Very timely. 

"Aren't Catholics being a little hypocritical when they condemn the firing of Mozilla's CEO but then demand that a Catholic University not invite any controversial speakers?"

Great question.  But it's like comparing stones to scones.  There's a huge difference between inviting someone and firing them.

I am not at all offended at Fr. Jim Jenkins or Notre Dame for not considering me as a guest speaker.  I would be offended by them if they denounced me or attempted to publicly humiliate me, then I would have every good reason to feel hurt by them.  In the case of Mozilla's former CEO, his resignation is acknowledged by all as a firing and a coup d'entreprise.  Okcupid assassinated him.

Also, there's a huge difference in aim between a sectarian institution (i.e. Catholic or religious university) and a secular business.  Hence, it's perfectly reasonable for a sectarian university to invite individuals who share the same moral beliefs.  It's also perfectly legitimate for them to fire someone who no longer shares the same moral beliefs.  When it comes to the business world, it would be entirely unreasonable and discriminatory for a company to fire someone because of their personal beliefs on marriage.  It would also be entirely stupid to hire someone as CEO because of their personal beliefs on marriage.  The firing of Mozilla's CEO was hurtful, harmful and dangerous. 

Personally, it's extremely important that all Catholic and Christian universities invite guest speakers who will defend and promote Catholic or Christian teachings.  Why?  Because where else will people hear them?  Let's be real, folks.  The entertainment conglomerate (Hollywood, the music industry, sitcoms, soap operas, the radio, the news, the public schools and public squares), as well as the Internet, has done an amazing job at effectively shouting over, shouting down and shutting out anything Christian or Catholic. 

And there is a reason for it.  As the Gospel's tell us, when Jesus finished speaking, "the crowds were amazed at his teaching" (Mt 7:28), and "because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him." 

Amen.  Amen. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Jn 8:1-11 Have You Become Annoying This Lent?

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent
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The scribes and the Pharisees brought [to Jesus] a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.  They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.  Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.  So what do you say?"  They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him.

Fifth Week of Lent.   We are in the homestretch.  Easter is just around the corner.  If by now you haven't taken Lent seriously, then what are you waiting for?  The Good Thief taught us that it's never too late to get grace (and we all know we can use all the grace we can get).

Have you started to annoy people?  Lent is all about changing your life and making new waves.  It's all about becoming more and more like Jesus Christ, and we all know that He could be quite annoying to certain people. 

It's true.  Holy people can be very annoying.  And if people are becoming annoyed with you, then don't worry.  This is a good sign.  Don't be alarmed!  It happens a lot during Lent. 

You're changing.  You're becoming a better Christian.  Maybe you've becoming friendlier to your critics and more modest in your appearance.  Maybe your cussing less and praying more, especially before meals.  This can be very annoying to work associates and friends and family who eat lunch with you.  Imagine, as they start tearing into their meal, you're just beginning to do the sign of the Cross!  Yep.  We know you're not looking for trouble; but boy, can tables turn and what you thought to be harmless has now become offensive and egregious. 

Don't be alarmed.  You're not the problem.  Well, actually, you are.  But it's not your fault.  It's who you have become. 

They said this to test him.  If you think holy people are annoying, then chances are you haven't met people who think they are holy.  They can be very annoying!  Their awful!  And the crowd of people who commonly fall into this category are those who consider themselves to be (1) very tolerant - even though they are assassins - (2) very open minded - especially when they are manipulative - and (3) very objective  - even while they whip a crowd into a frenzy.

In today's Gospel passage, we read how the Pharisees and scribes dragged an adulterous woman over to Jesus for the sole purpose of  having some charge to bring against Him.  In other words, they used a human being as a pawn to get to the Lord.

Do I use people to get what I want?  Do I treat people as objects at my disposal?

"They brought a test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him."  The Lord knew perfectly well what they were up to.  This is the reason why He began to write on the ground with His finger.  It's what people do when they are annoyed, they avoid eye contact and begin to play with their fingers.

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

As always, the Lord turned everyone's world upside down - that is, right-side up.  To the people who considered themselves holy, their cover was blown with their sins exposed.  To the young lady who was dragged before others, her scars were covered and her sins were blown away.   

"Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and from now on do not sin any more."

For us who are calculating and manipulating, holy people can be very annoying.  But it's not their problem.  It's ours.