Bishop Taylor of Little Rock, about whom I posted several days ago, once said at the funeral Mass of a parishioner who had been executed for murder (I am paraphrasing):
“It wasn’t the VIrgin Mary who first entered Heaven; it was a repentant executed criminal.”
Clearly, he is referring to Dismas, the repentant thief of Golgotha.
In today’s Office of Readings, St. John reminds us that if we claim to be following Jesus, but believe we are sinless, we are liars and we don’t walk in the light.
Something to keep in mind when we look at our attitudes regarding the imprisoned and those on death row, or our attitude about ourselves.