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Luke 23: 44-46

It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

Dismas Reflection:

The darkness was complete.  I could only see the shadow of Jesus.  He cried out, then his head fell forward.  Right  after that  the earth began shaking and the temple veil was torn in two.  The guard in front of Jesus’ cross fell to his knees saying “Jesus truly was the Son of God.”

In a few moments, I too passed into death.  But I had no fear. Jesus promised that I would be in paradise with him and I believed him.  For the first time in my life, I felt a peace I have never had before.  I knew I would see him again.  I knew that Jesus died for me, for everyone – He died, so we could live.

I find it hard to put into words, but it is as though this man called Jesus went through all of this so I would know that my life was of value, that I mattered. It is as though he died this horrible death so that I would realize that suffering is a part of life, and that, even in suffering, we can know the peace of God.

That was to the day Jesus welcomed me into paradise .

Reflection Question:

Jesus, I believe in You,  but I’m constantly battling doubts and fear.  Is there any hope for me? Will I be saved?

With St. Dismas we pray:

Dear God,  grant that I may always trust in you and that  when my time on earth is ended I know you will welcome my spirit home to be with you, with your son Jesus and all the faithful departed including St Dismas.

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