The Gospel on Sunday, the 5th Sunday of Lent, shows the tragedy of failure in faithfulness in love.
That faithlessness is instanced in the woman taken in adultery. It is instanced in the scribes and Pharisees who objectify and demean this daughter of Israel: the scribes and Pharisees, who knowing their sin slink away, from Jesus, from the Temple, from God.
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.
The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What…
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