Thought of the Day April 3, 2019 Jesus forgives us

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In Jesus' forgiveness of the Good Thief, we see the magnanimity of God. St. Ambrose says, "The Lord always grants more than we ask; the thief prayed that Jesus would remember him, and Jesus said, ‘Today you shall be with me in Paradise.’”

When the man asked for remembrance, he had no idea how the memory of his act will resound throughout the centuries, immortalizing him. Some of the saints have declared that he indeed died a martyr’s death.  His words and actions offer us hope for salvation. For if we turn our hearts and prayers to Jesus and accept his forgiveness, we will also be with Jesus Christ at the end of our lives. At the same time, we need to forgive others.

“O cross of Christ, today too we see you in the contrite, who in the depths of the misery of their sins, are able to cry out: Lord, remember me in your kingdom.” (John Paul II)

Merciful Savior, and friend of the human race, you heard the repentant plea of the criminal on your right hand and promised him paradise for his faith. As we are dying in the midst of our sins, let us hear this same word from your lips in response to our prayer of faith and the life-giving power of your holy sacraments. Blest be your undying mercy, now and forever. Amen.

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