Let us pray for our families, especially anyone who is struggling.
Jn 8:1-11 “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women... 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.”
This is a tough teaching, and yet a beautiful example of God's Mercy. According to the rules, they were in their rights to condemn her, but Jesus led them to Mercy. Mercy that calmed their own hearts. "And in response, they went away one by one" She was also led to Mercy. She watched their condemnation change to Mercy, as they each walked away. That Mercy led to forgiveness. “Neither do I condemn you." No one was going to condemn her that day.
She and they were given a new chance, "Go, and from now on do not sin any more.” Jesus' words were words of Mercy for them and for her.
His words of Mercy are for them, for her and for US. Today, let us ask God to help us to live His Mercy; Mercy for our own soul and Mercy for others. May we be the rays that spread from His Merciful Heart.
Jesus, Divine Mercy, have Mercy on us.