PASTOR'S NOTE Every day we come into contact with optimists and pessimists, and traits of both are part of our own selves. Pessimists take the gloomiest possible view of the human condition. They are captives of the “good old days, of what is not anymore and never will be again. They are not creative because they regard all efforts as doomed to fail in the first place. Optimists look to the bright side of things. They are creative and dynamic. They have confidence in life. The Gospel for today is a powerful account of God’s loving mercy as revealed in the life of Jesus. 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. The scribes and the Pharisees are very pessimistic people. For them, the sinners especially those who committed adultery have no future. They should be stoned to die. It was the big surprise for them to find that Jesus suddenly asked them let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Jesus didn’t say that the woman who committed adultery did not commit sinfulness. He asked “Let the one among you who is without sin ……….” Later when everyone went away beginning with the elders Jesus asked her 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 anymore.” All of us are sinners. We regret what we had done in the past. However whatever the past, we look forward to the future with optimism. Christians are optimists. As far as the past is concerned, they believe in a merciful God who forgives the penitent sinner. As far as the future is concerned, they know that they will overcome misery and evil and build a better future because they have faith in Someone who is stronger than they are.