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The story of the woman caught in the very act of adultery is a powerful Gospel story from Sunday, April 6th, 2019.
The incident occurs because as the Gospel says these people who caught the woman “were trying to trap Jesus”. The law said she was to be “stoned to death” for her sin. Was Jesus going to agree with the law of Moses? Or would Jesus say something that these men could use against him? So what should we notice from this story.
First, it is interesting that they only brought the woman, and not the man with, whom she was committing adultery.
Second, what were these people who caught her doing…… going around looking in bedroom windows spying on people?
Third, Jesus turns the tables on these people when he says, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” Jesus was emphasizing it is not our business to go around condemning others for their sins when we are sinners also.
Fourth, Jesus says, “Has no one condemned you? Neither do I! Go and sin no more!”
Jesus is not afraid to point out the sin. However, Jesus is more concerned with offering forgiveness and inviting people to mend their ways. When we are sorry for our mistakes – God forgives. God is a merciful, loving, forgiving God.
There is really nothing more to say. Being a Christian is not about berating yourself for the mistakes you have made. Being a Christian is about forgiving others as Jesus forgives you!
Thank you for your generous donation in support of the TV Devotions. We are grateful! Blessings on you and those near and dear to you. Know that we include all those petitions you carry in your hearts at this time in all the Masses and prayers offered at the National Shrine in the coming months!
In the Redeemer,
Fr. Babu Mathew, C.Ss.R.