On this final Lenten Sunday (before Palm Sunday) the Gospel relates the story of the woman caught in adultery. Her anxious accusers are not only trying to punish her, but catch Jesus so they can bring charges against Him.
At first He ignores them and scribbles something in the sand. When they persist, He gets up and says, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." He then continues to write in the sand and the accusers begin to leave.
He then addresses the woman, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replies, "No one, sir." Then Jesus says, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more."
It was as simple as that. I can almost see our Lord shrugging His shoulders. What the woman did in the past makes no difference to Him. He has pointed out to her that she can take another path.
There may be some speculation about what Jesus was writing in the sand. In my own opinion, I always thought He wrote idiots. But I could be wrong.
What do you think Jesus wrote in the sand?
On this final Lenten Sunday, let's think about how Jesus sees us and just "go and sin no more."
You can listen to Scott Hahn's reflection on today's Gospel here.
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