August 15, 2022     7:35 am
121. Week of Fifth Sunday in Lent - Monday
Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do
          Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.   Luke 23:34
          Two criminals were also led away with Jesus to be executed. And they brought Jesus to a place called Calvary, in Hebrew, Golgotha, which, being interpreted, is, The place of a skull. That was the place of execution, a hill near Jerusalem. And they gave Him vinegar to drink, or wine mingled with myrrh, mixed with gall, to partly benumb His senses. But when He tasted it He would not drink it. And they crucified Him, and the two criminals with Him, one on the right hand and the other on the left, and Jesus in the midst. And the scripture was fulfilled which says: "And He was numbered with the transgressors." According to Jewish reckoning of time it was the third hour when they crucified Him, nine o'clock in the morning. Then said Jesus: "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." This was Jesus' first thought, His first word, His prayer on the cross: "Father, forgive them!" For this was the reason why He so willingly died the death on the cross: He wanted to obtain the forgiveness of sins for us sinners and save us. This prayer refers to all of us. It referred also to His tormentors. And being the true Advocate with the Father, He kindly added: "For they know not what they do." The soldiers, blind heathen, did not know Him, and did not realise what a terrible sin they were committing. Likewise the multitude of the people, and even many of the elders, were not yet hardened, but did all this in ignorance, in the ignorance of unbelief. Oh, Father, forgive them; do not visit them with swift punishment; convert them; draw them to Me, that My death may give life to them too! Behold, they are blind; open their eyes to saving knowledge! Such was Jesus' prayer. But whoever knowingly hardens himself against Jesus forfeits the grace of this intercessory prayer of Jesus, and will be eternally lost.
          PRAYER: - O Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I give thanks to You for Your suffering upon the cross, whereby I have been redeemed. I thank You for Your intercession, by virtue of which I have been converted to You. I thank You for the love with which You so dearly love me, a sinner, and draw me to You in faith. I thank You that You have merited forgiveness of sin for me, and asked it to be granted to me, yes, have actually given and appropriated it to me. Continue to pray for me, my Saviour, that I may continue in the faith and be saved. Amen, You will certainly do this. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 15, 2022     7:35 am