You may have noticed that today is not the Feast of the Annunciation (9 months before Christmas). Annunciation has been bumped to the first available day after the Easter Octave, this year 8 April.
However, today is the feast day of the “Good Thief”, known by tradition as St. Dismas.
Here is his entry from the Martyrologium Romanum:
2. Commemoratio sancti latronis, qui, in cruce Christum confessus, ab eo meruit audire: “Hodie mecum eris in paradiso”.
Can you imagine, even through that kind of suffering, to hear those words?
“Today you will be with me in paradise.”
Think: Last Rites.
Our Lord gave to us in Holy Church the ordinary means for our salvation.
We have the sacraments and the Church’s teaching on faith and morals.
No matter what sort of sins we have committed, Our Lord is ready for us with unbounded mercy. Holy Church is the refuge of sinners and it is precisely for the likes of us that He came to live and to die. He died between two thieves for company, after all.
Let us show gratitude to the Lord for all His good gifts by using the sacraments well, by hearing and accepting the Church’s teachings, and by upright lives full of good works.
And GO TO CONFESSION!