Bible passage: Luke 23: 33-43, The Crucifixion: “When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him, offering Him sour wine, and saying, “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself!” Now there was also an inscription above Him, “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Christ's Love: All through the night I am locked in the dungeon of the high priest’s house. Early this morning I am brought before Pilate who bows to the pressure of the Temple leadership and the crowds, and condemns Me to a horrible death by crucifixion. The crowds chant “free Barabbas”, as I am sentenced to die. In the late morning I am violently beaten and forced by the soldiers through the city and up the hillside of Golgotha. By noon I am nailed to the cross where I hang in agony for some three hours. I will die around three in the afternoon and be taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb hastily before sundown.
As I hang on the cross, I cry out “Forgive them Father, for they do not know what they are doing.” If I am able to forgive those who have physically beaten and brought about my death, how much more able am I to forgive you for the sins you have committed?
My loving child, I ask you now to examine your conscience and nail all of your sins to My Cross. Once you have acknowledged your wrongdoings and fully given them over to Me, I will tell you “It is finished, it is done!”, and your sins are truly and eternally forgiven. Repent to Me now and allow Me to give you freedom from your sins.
(Quiet time for prayer and personal repentance)
My forgiven child, it is finished, it is done!
Prayer: O Holy Redeemer, You underwent such agonized suffering for me, in order to restore me and bring me to new life. May I show You my thankfulness in my penance for my sins, my true desire to fight against sin, and above all in my love for You. O Holy God, have mercy upon me. Amen.
From The Holy Week Meditation: Inspired by the Passion and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Written by Amy Connelly
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