Monday, March 23, 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 8:1-11.

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him, "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."

Gospel commented,
"Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more"

"One after another all withdrew." The two were left alone, the woman in need of mercy and Mercy. But the Lord, having struck them through with that dart of justice, deigned not to heed their fall, but, turning his eyes away from them, "again he wrote with his finger on the ground."

But when that woman remained alone and all had gone, he raised his eyes to her. We have heard the voice of justice; let us listen too to the voice of clemency... This woman expected to be punished by him in whom sin could not be found. But he, who had driven back her adversaries with the voice of justice, lifting the eyes of mercy to her, asked her: "Has no one condemned you?" She answered, "No one, Lord." And he said: "Neither do I condemn you. I by whom, perhaps, you were afraid of being condemned because you have found no sin in me; neither do I condemn you."

What is this, O Lord? Do you favour sins, then? Certainly not! But take note of what follows: "Go, henceforth sin no more." The Lord did condemn, therefore, but he condemned the sin, not the sinner... Let them be careful, then, those who love the goodness in the Lord but who fear His truthfulness... The Lord is gracious, the Lord is slow to anger, the Lord is merciful; but the Lord is also just and the Lord is abounding in truth (Ps 85[86],15). He gives you time for amendment but you prefer to take advantage of the delay rather than to reform your ways. Did you act wickedly yesterday? Be good today. Have you spent today in evil? At any rate change your behaviour tomorrow.

This, then, is the meaning of the words he addresses to this woman, "Neither do I condemn you but, having been made secure concerning the past, be on your guard in the future. I, for my part, will not condemn you, I have blotted out what you have done; keep what I have commanded that you may gain what I have promised.”