Woman Caught in Adultery

Stone her!  Kill her! Sinner! She has no rights!

These were a few of the hateful epithets hurled at an adulterous woman in the story John tells in the 8th chapter of his gospel. Holy male religious officials had caught this lady in the very act of adultery, and brought her to Jesus for him to  condemn her. And why shouldn’t he, for the Jewish law called  for such. But if he did agree, they could then accuse  him of lacking compassion, the hallmark of his teaching. And if he excused her, he  would be violating the law. What would he do? What would you do

Wisdom responds, “Let the one who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.” And so they departed one by one.  Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you. Go now , and sin no more.”

John tells this tale not just to portray the wisdom of Jesus, but especially to teach us not to condemn but to forgive and support each other. She was a sinner, but we are all sinners, for where is even one of us who lives a life of appropriate love,  24/7?  Christ  forgives us however. He always forgives us, trusting that we will seek to change our lives. Do you know anyone whom you can always trust; who will love you no matter what you do?  This is the one  we must seek to become. Midst all the strife and struggle, let us go and sin no more.

 

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