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THE FIRST WORD -- Part 9

Posted by Doming on April 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM

41

“That man before My serene Presence,

[My] suffering [Presence] yes, but not desperate –

the Presence of the bearer of Peace-

felt many things break inside of him.

There was no longer any place for hatred.

There was no place for sin,

for violence,

for bitterness.

42

“Only a good heart

is capable of acknowledging that which is coming from Heaven.

Dismas was acknowledging it to himself.

I was asking for forgiveness

for those who were crucifying Me.

I was pleading for Mercy for a sinner like him.

And his little soul opened up to accept that Mercy.

43

“That is why, when he hears Gestas, the Bad Thief,

mockingly saying to Me

that if I were the Son of God

to save Myself and save them also.

Dismas feels the fear of God.

He knows that their lives had been miserable,

so wretched,

that they probably deserved a greater suffering

than what they were going through.

44

“That fear,

that acknowledgement of the light

that was shinning in front of him,

makes him reply:

‘Do you not fear God,

you who are suffering under the same sentence?

And we are suffering justly,

we deserve it because of our deeds,

but this One has done nothing wrong.’ “

45

At this point, our Lord permitted me to witness

the look that He exchanged with the Good Thief,

a look of gratitude,

the look of forgiveness,

a look of a father who is pleased

with the response given by his son.

 

 

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