Tuesday Fifth Week of Lent

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to Jesus, “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. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8: 3-11

This is such a powerful story, and it remains an important lesson to this day. The crowd is quick to condemn the woman, but Jesus is quick to show mercy. Our world today is very much like the crowd, how often is social media full of judgmental posts and comments chastising an individual or a group of people for the choices they have made. How often have we fallen victim into being a member of that crowd? Instead of falling into the trap of judgement, let us instead follow the lead of Jesus by choosing mercy and forgiveness.

Spend some quiet time today asking Jesus for help in choosing mercy and forgiveness over anger and judgement.