Monday, November 12, 2018
Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’
The most sublime desire of our human hearts finds satisfaction here: You will be with me.
This is what we most need, to be with the Love who seeks always to be with us—and is, right there on the cross.
The Loving Mystery seeks us where we feel most lost and alone, most forgotten and cast off, when our hearts have no hope and surrender to sadness and anger.
Even there, especially there, God is present, sharing our pain and full of promise. Today, you will be with me in paradise.
Isn’t this what paradise is? It is to be with this great love, to know great love embracing all that you are, pain and joy, sorrow and hope. It is to be aware of this great love deep within, bubbling with hope that you are not and never will be lost.
And you won’t. For everything that is and everything you are is encompassed in this great love from whom we are never separate and with whom we will always be.
God’s nature is most clearly known in the cross where great love hears our cries, shares our sorrows and bears us into the paradise of the divine, loving presence. Today and forever.
Pr. David L. Miller