When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. But Jesus was saying, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’” (Lk 23: 33-34) Here, from His cross, the Lord demonstrates to me the ultimate form of self-giving: Despite His own, extreme suffering, He expresses concern for others, praying for them. For Christ, this historical moment, when He hangs on the cross for the life of the world, is not “all about Him.” In prayer, He remains in the Spirit of human-divine fellowship, appealing to the Father in loving concern for His fellow-human beings. When it comes to my own little cross-carrying journey today, I am reminded not to make it all “about me.” Whatever difficulties or challenges I face today, be it grief, illness, conflict, disappointment, financial insecurity, misunderstanding, or whatever, let me take time to see beyond my own concerns and pray for others. It is a quiet form of self-giving that helps me not only to move out of self-centeredness, but also to place God and His will in the center of my relationship with others. So today let me contribute a bit of my prayer-time to prayer for others, placing them and myself in God’s hands.

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