Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/112413.cfm
The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, “If you are King of the Jews, save yourself.” Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
“Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Jesus did save Himself. Not in the way the rulers thought, but He did it in a way to save us also. The criminal recognizes Him. Do you? Do you see that His sacrifice saved your life? Have you accepted Him and believe in Him? He believed in you, He gave His life for you. What have you done for Him? What have I?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your Son. His sacrifice saved me from the world. May I never forget the love and joy that has filled my life since. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.