Tenderful Mercy

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5th Sunday of Lent C

She comes captured by a mob.  She comes alone although they claim that she has been caught with another.  Her life is on the line.  She is not the object of her accuser’s ire. If it had been only about her actions they would not have brought her before this obscure Rabbi, Jesus.  She is only a pawn in a scheme to entrap Jesus.  But that does not make her situation any different.  Her life is in the hands of this one intercessor, this teacher, this stranger. 

They come to place Jesus in a quandary.  To find a reason to charge him with a crime against his own religion.  Their means may be this woman but their target is Jesus.  They are planning on the demise of both.  They come to test him.  “This woman,” they say, “has been caught in the very act. …

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