April 10, 2022
In his darkest hour, in his final moment, one thief has the most unexpected encounter with God’s Mercy. What light does this shed for us? (Please note: The homily on 4-11-2022 did not record properly. This is a similar homily from 4-14-19.)
- The Gospel of St. Luke is the only gospel which tells us of the conversation between one of the thieves, called Dismas, and Jesus.
- Dismas who was crucified, dies in shame, alone, and surrounded by hatred and mockery.
- Dismas discovers God’s great mysterious mercy, that in our suffering, Jesus is there with us.
- Dismas senses that Jesus is a king, real and authentic, and that through Jesus, there is something beyond death.
- Jesus states that the more you offend Him, the more right you have to His mercy.
Dismas becomes a great lesson for us to discover in the darkest moments of our life, the presence of Jesus with us, suffering with us. Dismas gave Jesus great joy by trusting in His mercy, because the reason Jesus was dying on the cross was to give mercy. We are invited during Mass, to give Jesus the joy of trusting in His mercy. The whole reason for Holy week, is mercy.