Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” - Luke 23:39-43
"People do not please God primarily by their virtues and merits, but above all by their limitless trust in his mercy." - Fr. Jacques Philippe
God doesn’t want a perfect, put-together you. He simply wants you. The repentent theif on the cross was completely aware that the actions of his life deserved death, even death by crucifixion. Today there might be things in your life that might make you feel unworthy of Jesus’ love. But your worthiness does not come from your actions, it comes from the fact that He has claimed you asa son or daughter of the Father. Do you trust Him with your eternity? Do you trust him with your present?
Prayer for today:
Jesus, give me the grace to be like the criminal who asked for mercy. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom!” I trust you today.
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ. In atonement for our sins, and those of the whole world.
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat 10x)
Jesus, I trust in You! Amen.