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Mark 15: 1-5, 15:

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He said to him in reply, “You say so.” The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed…. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barrabas… [and] handed [Jesus] over to be crucified.

Dismas Reflections:

Dismas:  When morning came, so did the temple guards.  As they were putting chains on Jesus, I could hear men talking outside our cell window.  For a quick moment, I thought his friend had come back with others to break him out.  As I drew closer to the window, I realized that it was the religious leaders.   They were talking to a small group of men and they were conspiring to  frame Jesus and to get him crucified.  It was all too much.

Even I, a common thief , know that you don’t have to lie if a person is guilty.  What I was hearing was too much to bear.  Not only because of my new friend Jesus, but what the religious leaders were doing to him reminded me of my own past.  I’ve betrayed innocent blood to get what I wanted.  When I faced the truth about what I had done, I was filled with shame and anguish.

Reflection Question:

Jesus, can there be any forgiveness for our unjust actions and false accusations against others?

With St. Dismas we pray:

Dear God, grant me the strength to be honest in my dealings with others and to never bend the truth against another for my own benefit. Help me to forgive those who have falsely accused me  in the past and free me from all hatred and resentment towards them.

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