5th Week of Lent, Sunday, 7th April 2019

Daily Word Of God

John 8:3-7, 9-11

The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in the middle they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and in the Law Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind. What have you got to say?’ They asked him this as a test, looking for an accusation to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger.

As they persisted with their question, he straightened up and said, ‘Let the one among you who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her.’ When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until the last one had gone and Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained in the middle. Jesus again straightened up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus. ‘Go away, and from this moment sin no more.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • In today’s Gospel account of the adulteress who was caught and guilty of her sins, she was surprised by Jesus’ compassionate and forgiving love.


  • Jesus neither judged the adulteress harshly nor condemned her. He saved her from her sinful ways and empowered her to live a life of grace through her conversion of heart.


  • If we are too eager to point out someone’s fault and delight in seeing someone exposed for their sins and wrongdoings, then like the Jews, we are guilty of wanting to condemn others, while ignoring the greater guilt we have in our hearts.