The Gospel today gives us the account of the adulterous woman and Jesus. Whereas some of the religious leaders were using the woman to test Jesus, Jesus used her to show us God's mercy. Why is this Gospel passage given to us late in Lent? One reason might be that it points us toward the redemption that is ours in Jesus' passion and death. In his encounter with the woman who sinned, Jesus 'suspends her sentence'. He tells her that she is free to go. But who will atone for her sin? Jesus Christ. Next week we will focus especially on the cross of Christ, praising and thanking God for gift of redemption and atonement.