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Luke 23: 33-34

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.”]

Dismas Reflection:

The pain of being crucified was unbelievable. The Roman soldiers knew how to make a person suffer. With Jesus they took extra pleasure in driving those nails through his hands and his feet.

Then, after it was all finished and they slammed the cross into place. Jesus once again surprised me – instead of cursing his tormentors, instead of vowing revenge on all who had betrayed him, Jesus looked up towards the heavens and said to God, “Father, please forgive them all ,for they don’t know what they are doing.”

It got me thinking – perhaps if I was to ask for forgiveness from Jesus for all the wrong I had done, for the pain I had caused, if I asked, then maybe, he would see to it that God would forgive me.

I asked … and Jesus told me that my sins were forgiven. He then told me to offer that same forgiveness to all that had hurt me. I did that – in my mind I forgave my family for all they had done to me, and my friends who had forgotten me.  It’s hard to describe, but at that moment I felt a peace come over me – even though I was in great physical pain, it felt like a tremendous weight had been lifted from my shoulders.

Reflection Question:

Jesus, is forgiveness for my sins really possible? How can I forgive so much that was done to me?

With St. Dismas we pray:

God, grant me a merciful heart to forgive those who offended me, and grant me forgiveness  for the wrongs I have committed.

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