One day, the religious teachers and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught committing adultery and made her stand centre stage. “Teacher, we found this woman in the very act of adultery,” they told him. “Moses in the Law commanded us to stone such people to death. So what do you say?”
But Jesus just bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. Since they went on demanding an answer, he stood up and told them:
“Let your innocent one cast the first stone onto her.”“Let each of you take a stone from the ground, not too big that it will kill immediately, but not too small so that is not a stone”6.
And the Pharisees and his disciples complied, and they took the adulterer to the place of worship and placed her in the middle of an open place, and Jesus said:
“Now throw your stones to undo this evil”, and having heard these words, those around him started casting their stones.
The man who had partaken in the fornication stood by and on hearing the screams of his beloved one, rushed to her side and tried to shield her body, but there were too many believers trying to please their Lord and soon the two adulterers succumbed next to one another5.
And when they were both covered with stones and sure to be dead, Jesus blessed the people around him, and then he retired with his disciples, who were pleased to have performed this holy act.