Today is the most somber day on the Catholic (and Christian generally) calendar. For believers, today is the day where Jesus, true God and true man, offered himself in sacrifice to save us from sin and death, opening the gates of Heaven for us.
To ‘Puter, the Gospel passages relating to the Good Thief have always been among the most relevant to his personal faith (Luke 23:32-33, 39-43):
And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him [Jesus] to be put to death.
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him saying, ‘If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.’
But the other answering rebuked him, saying ‘Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?’
‘And we indeed justly; for we received the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.’
And he said unto Jesus, ‘Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.’
And Jesus said unto him, ‘Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.’
These gifts of God are momentous. Think about it. We are offered God’s infinite forgiveness if we truly repent of our sins, even up to and including the moment of our death. And not only forgiveness of sin, but acceptance into God’s divine presence in spite of one’s flawed sinfulness. That’s how great His love for all mankind is.
These undeserved gifts, freely offered by God to mankind, make ‘Puter gratefully awed because, Lord knows, ‘Puter needs all the help and forgiveness he can get.
‘Puter and the rest of the Gormogons wish you and yours a most blessed Easter holiday.