In the Gospel for Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent, Jesus forgives the woman caught in adultery.  Jesus challenges the accusers without sin to throw the first stone.  One by one the scribes and Pharisees disperse.  Jesus is left alone with the woman.  ” ‘Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?’  She replied, ‘No one, sir.’  Then Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you.  Go, and from now on do not sin any more’ ” (John 8: 10b-11).   Jesus saves the adulterous woman from death by stoning.  He forgives her.  He sends her away to sin no more.   Jesus’ forgiveness also frees us to sin no more.  Overwhelmed by God’s loving mercy, we respond in love to God and others.  When my family and friends forgive me, I am grateful for their love despite my faults.  I am empowered by their loving kindness to love them and others better.  How much more empowered are we by God’s forgiveness!  Lent is almost over.  In what way(s) can you sin no more?

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