The Pharisees put Christ in a delicate paragon:
If he forgives the adulterous woman they can accuse him of going against the law. If he orders her to be stoned, where are the understanding and love that he preaches?
Jesus appeals to the conscience of the accusers with a decisive response: “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. Perhaps he was reminding the accusers of their own sins.
St. John does not omit an interesting detail: “And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.” Sometimes adults are the most guilty for our attitudes of injustice. We enjoy experience and decision making power, but we do not want to risk our privileges.
Jesus does not deny the culpability of the woman, but neither does he order her to be stoned. He saves her. That is his job: rehabilitate man, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”
We do not act like Jesus. We often ask that the law be ap- plied with all the consequences, without thinking of the circumstances under which the crime was committed. A law that many times does not save but condemns. We hide behind our names, our social position or title, and we don’t stop saying: “I am not like other men”.
It is impossible to be good when you are born marginalized from everything, looking from afar at those who have everything and are blind, deaf or indifferent of their abun- dance and privileges. When taking a rock to destroy your brother, remember that some day we will be alone in front of Christ, like the Gospel says at the end: “He was left alone with the woman before him.”
Think about and reflect on your actions!
I am with you,
Rev. Wilson Cuevas, Pastor