Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” Lk 23:35-43
What truly amazes me about God is that we killed Him with our sins and He came back with love and forgiveness. God’s love is the most powerful thing in the universe. -Fr. Robert Barron
We are nothing without God. We have our breathe right now because of His love for us. We can do nothing apart from Jesus. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
God gave us our life, Jesus died to save us, and the Holy Spirit stays with us individually and as a Church until Christ returns. Our entire life and everything we have is a gift. Why did God send His Son during the time of Roman rule? The Romans were the most powerful force on earth at the time. The Emperor was called lord and made his people worship him. So God sent a strong message sending His Son onto the earth to show the world for all times and all places that He is King of the Universe, not human power. The resurrection teaches us that all tyrants have been conquered. God is more powerful than the greatest military, the greatest leader, death and sin. This is why Christians have been martyred in every century, there is something greater beyond this place! There can only be one King!
God continues to show His love staying with us in the Eucharist, staying hidden behind bread and wine so we can approach Him. He stays with us as the Holy Spirit to guide us keeping Truth alive. He stays with us in every human we meet. We are called to realize this gift. Allow prayer with Him to change us, so we can change the world and become a saint! The greatest and most simple thing we can do is realize God is among us when we enter a Church, adoration chapel, and “Wherever two or three gather in my name I am there with you.” MT 18:20 in prayer. Allow yourself to be transformed by Christ the King of the Universe, it is what we are made for. Then, hopefully we can say with St. Dismas, the good thief, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus will reply, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
Today’s challenge: Allow Jesus to be your King. Die to self and make Christ the center of your life. It will require sacrifice, but the rewards are eternal.
Be a servant, become a saint!