Lord Jesus, of all that was said on the day of your crucifixion, most striking are your words of compassion, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do."
How true are those words for us in our day, for "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick," and we, like those who crucified you, do not fully know what we do, do not fully know the reasons for our own actions, do not fully know all the forces at work in any situation. Truly, we are like those who called out, "Crucify him," not knowing the depths of our own wickedness and arrogance, being pulled along by our own evil desires in ways imperceptible to our limited minds.
And yet you looked with deepest compassion upon them, upon us, and said, "Father, forgive them." Truly, your compassion towers infinitely above our selfishness and pride and fear and cowardice. Thank you for your mighty compassion! Thank you for your patience with us in our error! Thank you for your mysterious, guiding hand that moves us to submit ourselves to you day by day! Lord Jesus, we know not the wickedness of our own hearts, but we trust you, and your compassion exceeds our guilt.
We pray this in the name of Jesus and for his glory. Amen.
Deut 32:36-39 Lent 6
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