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The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery: and making her stand there in the middle they said to Jesus, “Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and in the Law Moses has ordered us to stone women of this kind. What have you got to say?” They asked him this as a test, looking for an accusation to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he straightened up and said, “Let the one who is guiltless be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8: 3-7

“God is a compassionate God. This means, first of all, that he is a God who has chosen to be God-with-us. . . . As soon as we call God, “God-with-us,” we enter into a new relationship of intimacy with him. By calling him Immanuel, we recognize that he has committed himself to live in solitary with us, to share our joys and pains, to defend and protect us, and to suffer all of life with us. The God-with-us is a close God, a God whom we call our refuge, our stronghold, our wisdom, and even, more intimately, our helper, our shepherd, our love. We will never know God as a compassionate God if we do not understand with our heart and our mind that ‘he lived among is.’ (John 1:14)”

Our Prayer

Lord, you have not come to judge the world,
but to save the world:
anyone who rejects you and refuses your words
has his judge already;
the word itself that you have spoken
will be his judge on the last day.
—After John 12: 47-48

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen

I am the resurrection.
Anyone who believes in me,
even though that person dies, will live,
and whosoever believes in me
will never die.

John 11:25-26

“Finding new life through suffering and death: that is the good news. Jesus lived out that liberating way and has made it the great sign. Human being are forever wanting to see signs. .. . . We would like something marvelous, something exceptional, something that interrupts the ordinary life of every day. . . . [yet Jesus] replies, ‘it is an evil and unfaithful generation that asks for a sign!’ The only sign that will be given is the sign of the prophet Jonah. . . . From this one can see what the authentic sign is: not some sensational miracle but the suffering, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. . . . To look suffering and death straight in the face and go through them oneself in the hope of anew God-given life: that is the sign of Jesus and every human being who wishes to lead a spiritual life in imitation of him. It is the sign of the cross: the sign of suffering and death but also of the hope for a total reward. . . . This is what Lent is all about.”

to read the rest of this devotional see Show Me the Way: Daily Lenten Readings by Henri Nouwen