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November 2nd: All Souls

Gospel text (Lk 23,33.39-43): Jesus replied, «Truly, you will be with me today in paradise». There at the place called The Skull he was crucified together with the criminals —one on his right and another on his left. One of the criminals hanging with Jesus insulted him, «So you are the Messiah? Save yourself and us as well!». But the other rebuked him, saying, «Have you no fear of God, you who received the same sentence as he did? For us it is just: this is payment for what we have done. But this man has done nothing wrong». And he said, «Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom». Jesus replied, «Truly, you will be with me today in paradise».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we see the "good thief" (Dismas) who, finding himself with "empty hands" and about to die, says: «Jesus, remember me when you arrive to your kingdom». A beautiful request and a good lesson for us: if we are poor in the spirit we will put ourselves in the hands of God. Only Him can purify me to reach Heaven. -Jesus, forgive me, excuse me the times I have displeased you ... Dismas asks for a "kingdom" and Jesus guarantees him the best of all kingdoms: the Paradise.

-Jesus gives Himself for all of us and we ask for this Paradise for ALL those who have already left. Someday you will also "go out" and you will want others to help you by asking for this Paradise for you.