Sunday, March 13, 2016
Fifth Sunday of Lent
In the Gospel for the Fifth Sunday of Lent we find the Scribes and Pharisees again trying to trap Jesus. They have caught a woman committing adultery and brought her to Jesus. They do not bring the man. Now, they will trap Jesus into either upholding the Law of Moses which would have the woman stoned, or breaking the Roman Law which does not give the right to the Jews to put anyone to death.
Jesus tells them that "he who is without sin should cast the stone" and then Jesus scribbles on the ground and the men leave, one by one. Then Jesus asks: "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She says, "No one, sir." Then Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."
Jesus forgives the sinner without denying the sin. He shows only compassion and His mercy leads to conversion.
I stand before Jesus and hear Him say to me, "Go, and from now on do not sin any more."