Mercy Rips Through

In the gospel for National Youth Sunday, we see how God’s Mercy rips through the pain of the good thief as he sees Jesus for who he really is and asks: ‘remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Imagine his surprise at Jesus’ response ‘today you will be with me in paradise.’ Jesus in that moment, there on the cross, takes on the past faults of the thief, dies in his place, so that the thief can join him in paradise. 

The same mercy that the thief experienced is available to us. Here are some of the ways that we can receive this mercy.

Trust that the mercy Jesus brings is for everybody; no one is excluded.
Believe that Jesus knows what we most need and loves us enough to provide it.
Surrender all those hidden hurts and mistakes to Jesus.
Receive the forgiveness, healing and love Jesus offers, a glimpse of paradise that God͛s mercy reveals