Jesus meets the woman accused of adultery in the temple area during the Feast of the Tabernacles. He is the light of the world and living water. His enemies fiercely dispute his claims. It’s likely they brought the woman to discredit him. Earlier, he said, “As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just…” (John 5:30) Here was a test.
Moses, according to the woman’s accusers, commanded she be stoned. What is his judgment?
Adultery–which is still wrong–-is not the only issue here. Gender injustice is also on the table. The woman was treated badly by men. Where is the man in the case?
Jewish religious law then said that if a woman were caught in the act of adultery and two men witnessed it, she could be stoned to death or strangled. The system led to abuse, historians say; two witnesses paid by a vengeful husband who wanted to get rid of his wife, might give false testimony and have her stoned to death.
Jesus brings a lens of justice and mercy to every age; in the temple that day the woman received life and light from him. Her accusers met the judgment of Jesus. We believe he offers that same light for knowing what is right and just today for us.
let me judge others with your eyes, your heart and your mind.
Help me work for a world that is right and just.
Give me the grace to know myself.