Brothers and sisters:
I consider everything as a
loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all
things and I
consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through
faith in Christ, the
righteousness from God, depending on faith to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by being conformed to his
somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already
attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess
it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus. Brothers and
sisters, I for my part do not consider myself to have taken possession. Just one
thing: forgetting what lies behind but straining forward to what lies ahead, I
continue my pursuit toward the goal, the prize of God's upward calling, in Christ
Gospel Jn 8: 1-11
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?" They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She replied, No one, sir. Then Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.