Jesus, Remember Me

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Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. – Luke 23:42

If we do not know that God is Mercy after reading the story of the Prodigal Son, we should know it after reading today’s gospel.

Christ the King, as he hangs dying on a cross, gives pardon to one of the criminals being crucified with him. He tells him he will be in heaven that day with Jesus.

The criminal (we call him the “Good Thief”) is dying, too. We do not know if he really had a change of heart or if he was just plain scared. What we do know is that Jesus forgave him and shattered any thought we may have about earning our way into heaven.

Mercy is not about what we deserve. It is about love.

Pope John Paul II wrote that “Mercy is love’s second name.”

Love. Mercy. Christ the King.

Jesus, help me to remember you are the King of my life. Help me to trust in your love and mercy. Bring me, Lord, into your kingdom. Amen.

What do you think about the thief going straight to heaven? We know God is love. Do we remember He is mercy, too?

Copyright 2013 Colleen Spiro

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Colleen Spiro is a Catholic mother, grandmother and a deacon’s wife. A certified spiritual director, Colleen loves to share her faith and encourage others through her retreats and writings. You can read her reflections at her website, Catholic Prayer Life and read or listen to her podcast at Finding God in the Everyday.

4 Comments

  1. Colleen, when I was younger and even more immature than I am now, that bible story used to upset me almost as much as the Workers in the Vineyard. Now that I’m older — and maybe wiser — I am so infinitely grateful for the Lord’s mercy. Beautiful post. Thanks!!

  2. Colleen, What a lovely post. As I sat in church yesterday listening to this gospel and the priest emphasized the cruelty of the rulers, the guards and the other thief, I got emotional. How could they speak to my Lord in this way? It wasn’t enough to torture and destroy him physically, they had to taunt and jeer and degrade him. In the midst of the horrors, he thinks of others, to reassure, to show love, to show mercy. To give us hope down through the ages. How blest are we!

    Thank you for the post and the reminder of God’s mercy, now matter the circumstances.

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