The Word Among Us

June 2008 Issue

“Neither Do I Condemn You.”

Finding Freedom in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

“Neither  Do I Condemn You.”: Finding Freedom in the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Have you ever felt just a little bit jealous of the people who met Jesus while he walked the earth? Don’t you wish you had the chance to see him, just as Mary Magdalene, Peter, and all the others did? Wouldn’t it be marvelous to actually hear Jesus’ voice and experience his touch? Of all the people who encountered Jesus, it must have been the ones who experienced his mercy who were touched the most deeply. Think of the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11).

Imagine what it must have felt like when Jesus looked into her eyes and said, “Neither do I condemn you” (8:11). Or what about the...


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