“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
Pater, dimitte illis; non enim sciunt, quid faciunt
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. These are the words that came first from the mouth of Our Lord Jesus Christ when he was crucified at the Cross. Praying that Our Father in heaven forgive those who have condemned him to death. The mercy that He showed us is often neglected by most of us. We take for granted what He has sacrificed and put ourselves in the depths of hell by doing blasphemies, sacrileges and many other sins.
For they know not what they do; we are all guilty of these words. Sometimes, we do not think about the results of what we are doing or do not think twice about what we have done against Our Lord; we don't think about our soul and our the souls of our neighbors. Alas! Our knowledge is limited, our strength is limited, we are all limited, but these are not enough reasons for us to do sins against Our Lord, to forget His teachings, and to put aside our reverence to Him in the Holy Eucharist.
This holy week, we should reflect on our actions, on our words, especially our intentions. Are they good? Are they bad? Are they pure? I hope that we realize that God didn’t sacrifice His life so that we could do sins, instead, He saved us from those. We should frequently meditate on the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ and let us share our sufferings with His to bear our crosses in this life.
May we always persevere in our spiritual life and remember that we have our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Sorrows, who always intercedes for us. It will not be easy, but it will be worth it as we enjoy eternal bliss with Our Lord in Heaven.
Sharer: Ms. Adrina Cartagena