An interesting point is that some of the earliest hand-written copies of the Fourth Gospel avoided copying the passage we have just listen to. St. Augustine, writing in the fourth century, suggested that some copyists preferred to delete this incident because they feared that Jesus came across too forgiving and merciful. Those reading it, they may have thought, might be encouraged not to take morality too serious. After all, they might argue, Jesus is always there, ready and waiting to forgive. It is important to point out that as we read this portion of the Holy Scriptures, Jesus reminded the adulterer to go and sin no more. He clearly condemns the sin but he also shows mercy and is kind and gentle to the sinner.