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Liturgical day: Monday 5th (A & B) of Lent

Gospel text (Jn 8,1-11): Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak Jesus appeared in the Temple again (…). 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?» (…). 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» (…).

Jesus is the Legislator, He is Justice in person.

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI)
(Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, St John the Evangelist highlights one detail: while his accusers are insistently interrogating him, Jesus bends down and starts writing with his finger on the ground. This gesture portrays Christ as the divine legislator: in fact, God wrote the law with his finger on tablets of stone.

Jesus is the Legislator, He is Justice in person. And what is his sentence? "Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her". These words are full of the disarming power of truth that pulls down the wall of hypocrisy and opens consciences to a greater justice, that of love, in which consists the fulfillment of every precept.

—Jesus, absolving the woman of her sin, ushers her into a new life oriented to good: God wants only goodness and life for us; He provides for the health of our soul through his ministers, delivering us from evil with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.