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Liturgical day: Sunday 5th (C) of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 8,1-11): The teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They made her stand in front of everyone. «Master», they said, «this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now the Law of Moses orders that such women be stoned to death; but you, what do you say?». Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak Jesus appeared in the Temple again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach them. Then the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought in a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They made her stand in front of everyone. «Master», they said, «this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now the Law of Moses orders that such women be stoned to death; but you, what do you say?». They said this to test Jesus, in order to have some charge against him. Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.

And as they continued to ask him, He straightened up and said to them, «Let anyone among you who has no sin be the first to throw a stone at her». And He bent down again, writing on the ground. As a result of these words, they went away, one by one, starting with the elders, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Then Jesus stood up and said to her, «Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?». She replied, «No one». And Jesus said, «Neither do I condemn you; go away and don't sin again».

Illustration: Mr. Josep Lluís Martínez i Picañol (Picanyol)

Today we are facing a great and charming scene. That woman, discovered in adultery, abandoned and blamed by all, is accepted by the tender mercy of Jesus. He said to them: «He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her». Again, He stooped down and wrote on the ground. They all disappeared! No one threw a stone!

— «Where are they? Has no one condemned you?». She replied: «No one, Lord». "Then neither do I condemn you." «Go now and leave your life of sin»