Mortal Sins are Hard to Commit because God is so Merciful

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The story of the woman caught in adultery (cf. John 8:1-11) always filled me with a glorious hope. She was caught literally in the act of adultery, witnesses dragged her to the temple where Jesus was, and they asked for the punishment proscribed by Mosaic Law. The elders and everyone else who dragged that woman before Jesus were not necessarily being unmerciful or cruel; they were following their laws and tradition. But Jesus came to fulfill the Old Covenant and begin a new one. The old way wasn’t good enough anymore and so Jesus modeled a new one. “Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first stone.”

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