Don’t Condemn Others

Dear friends: The Gospel of today speaks not of the forgiveness of God but of non condemnation. Jesus has no need to forgive the woman caught in adultery, because He has not condemned her. It is important to note, however, that Jesus also doesn’t condemn the condemners of the woman. This is the challenge of unconditional love, to condemn no one. Thus the readings are a consolation to everyone, no matter to which category we may belong. If we are like the scribes and Pharisees in the gospel story of today, quick to condemn others and point fingers at them, the readings are saying to us that God will not condemn us or point a finger at us. We have been forgiven for this sin and forgiven unconditionally. If we identity with the woman in the gospel story, then to us too, the message is that we are not being condemned for our sin.

Fr. Jerome Mascarenhas

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