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.” (Luke 23:39-43)
The criminals’ behavior is a singular instance of Humanity’s response to Christ’s Infinite Mercy. Grace, a spontaneous gift of Gods’ mercy to save Mankind, was outpouring when the thieves talked to Jesus about to expire on the cross to redeem Humanity. One of them tapped the source of infinite mercy but the other did not, because human attitude can open or close a person to divine grace. The good thief showed Fear of the Lord, acknowledged Christ as the Messiah and Savior of Humanity and implored His mercy. The thief aspired to Heaven, the Kingdom of Love, Mercy and Forgiveness, whereas the other thief desired Earth tainted with sin and loaded with hatred.
The present generation of Christ’s Second Coming will also experience Christ’s Infinite Mercy on the upcoming Illumination of Conscience. “Everyone over the age of 7 will have a private mystical encounter with Jesus Christ which will last anything up to 15 minutes,” relates the article The Warning. Brethren, let us behave before Christ like the good thief on the cross and remain in the state of grace to be directly admitted in Heaven upon Christ’s Second Coming. What such an Amazing Grace!
That’s because Jesus believes you are a child of God, infinitely valuable, and free to choose between God and Satan. Do you value yourselves as much as Jesus values you? Brethren, assume your nobility and Choose God and His Kingdom of Love, Mercy and Forgiveness.
I participated in the Eucharistic Hour of our parish, the Church of Saint Edward, Providence, RI, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Before leaving the church, I looked intently to the host and asked Jesus if He wanted to give a message to the readers of my blog. Christ instilled instantaneously, clearly and unequivocally in my mind: “Seek Me as much as I seek you!”