The story of the repentant thief on the cross reminds us that Jesus is especially present to us in crisis. When we are most in need, God is most available. When we are at our loneliest, God is closest by us.

To whom do I turn in crisis? What else do I have but faith when all else fails? Do I have the courage of the repentant thief?

O Holy Spirit, give voice to my cries for help. May I reach out to God from my darkest hours.