November 24, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Luke 23:35-43

The rulers sneered at Jesus and said,
“He saved others, let him save himself
if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.”
Even the soldiers jeered at him.
As they approached to offer him wine they called out,
“If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.”
Above him there was an inscription that read,
“This is the King of the Jews.”

Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
“Are you not the Christ?
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.”

Reflection (Sem. Jorge Santiago, Jr.):

            We are all sinners, but what differs us from one another is on how we deal with our sinfulness. The Gospel for tomorrow invites us to reflect on one of the most powerful messages in the New Testament about repentance and forgiveness. There were two thieves condemned and crucified together with Jesus in Golgotha, they were both sinners and yet they looked at their sins differently. The first thief still clung on his sins and mockingly asked Jesus to save him and the others. The second thief on the other hand, believed that he would be saved, though a great sinner, by asking Jesus to remember him when He comes into His Kingdom.

            The disposition of the second thief inspires me with regard to trust in the Lord’s mercy. I am a sinner, so great that I, too, am not worthy of all good gifts that I received. I deserve to be punished together with other sinners. But God is indeed a God of mercy. He is the God of forgiveness. Just like the second thief, even if it seems too late to pay for his debts, God still forgave him and brought him into heaven. The thief just acknowledged his sins and repented wholeheartedly.

            When was the last time we begged the Lord for his forgiveness? It is never too late to asked Jesus to take away our sins, we just have to acknowledge it and repent wholeheartedly. I believe that our ultimate dream is to be together with Jesus in His Kingdom, let us asked Him then, to bring us into heaven, with the intercession of our Mother, Mary and all the saints in heaven who, by this time, enjoying the greatness and majestic experience of eternal life. How do we ask for the forgiveness of the Lord? Let us go to confession and admit our sins sincerely to the Lord who is merciful and forgiving.

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