Today’s two readings deal with the accusing of two women of a sexual crime (sin). In the First Reading, Susanna is falsely accused, while in the Gospel, the woman was guilty; she was caught in adultery. In the First Reading, justice is served through the skills of Daniel (ancient Perry Mason like person). In the Gospel, justice isn’t served but compassion/mercy is.
Sometimes, we need to see past the sin to the sinner and be willing to forgive and act mercifully toward the person involved. This will sometimes go against are human instinct to want someone “to get what they deserve.” God is a gracious God full of compassion. Shouldn’t we try to be like Him?