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UNDAILY Episode 88

But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again, he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

JOHN 8, 1-11 (NIV)


Undoubtedly, you have encountered situations where hypocrisy hid behind a mask of virtue, and forgiveness attempted to pry open the gates of prejudice, but without clear success. And if you haven't been part of such a confrontation, just turning on the television is enough. Isn't it paradoxical that those who demand justice for others the loudest often stand on very shaky ground themselves? In life, we often face situations that test us, forcing us to choose between condemnation and forgiveness. Is it possible to avoid the trap of hypocrisy when we point out the faults of others, forgetting our own weaknesses? Do we have the right to judge the actions and motivations of another person?



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