When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” - Luke 22:33-34
"Every one expected a cry, but no one, with the exception of the three at the foot of the Cross, expected the cry they did hear. Like some fragrant trees which bathe in perfume the very axe which gashes them, the great Heart on the Tree of Love poured out from its depths something less a cry than a prayer – the soft, sweet, low prayer of pardon and forgiveness: 'Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.'” - Fulton Sheen
Hanging on a tree, the Roman machine of execution, Jesus looked down at the men who had just placed pointed nails to His palms and feet and drove the hammer through His flesh. Were His words to them angry? Did they condemn?
The first words spoken by Jesus on the Cross were words of forgiveness. At the moment where a person had the right to condemn another for the injustice of being murdered for crimes never committed, Jesus forgave.
Every moment that we deny Him by our words, our actions, or sins, our failure, Jesus looks down from the Cross and speaks the same words of mercy: I forgive you. Have you accepted the forgiveness of Jesus? Have you asked for His forgiveness? Do you forgive others like Jesus did?
Prayer for today:
Jesus, your love for me is limitless. I ask for your forgiveness today and forgive those who have hurt me.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.