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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery

If you have the scrutiny Mass this fifth Sunday of Lent, you will be hearing John's Gospel, 8:1-11. I am always so glad to see how gentle and loving Jesus is with the woman who is made to stand there while the scribes and Pharisees accuse her of adultery and try to trick Jesus into not agreeing with Moses. Jesus just bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they continued to ask him, he calmly says, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." Jesus continued to write on the ground and they slunk away, one by one, beginning with the elders. When Jesus is alone with the woman he asks her, "Where are they? Has no one condemned you? She replies, "No one, sir." Then Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."

I find this scene is so consoling. Jesus is always forgiving us because he loves us.

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