Keep Watch with Me: The Seven Last Words of Jesus
The Kingdom of God belongs to rich and poor alike, the aristocrats and the commoners alike, the saints and sinners alike. No one is excluded from the Kingdom of God; that is , NO ONE who dares to ask to be remembered by Jesus. All the Thief dared to ask was a memory of him; he received something much better: the assurance of Paradise. When we look at Jesus Crucified, let us see what the Thief saw: Lord and King. Even Crucified, God is not powerless; in fact His power to save is greater when he hangs suspended between heaven and earth. Don't lose hope, regardless of what you have done or been accused of doing, Paradise is opened by the Crucified Lord. Just ask.
My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46)
The entire life of Jesus, from incarnation to the death on the cross has been one act of surrender. "My food is to do the will of My Father," "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many," "Let it be as you will it," are all examples of Jesus' selfless life, a total giving of self to carry out the mission of redemption. With his final breath, all he has left is to surrender the breath of life - his spirit - into the hands of His Father. May this be our inspiration and our source of strength as we seek to give of ourselves to God's mission.