Jesus was always open to people who came to him for help or, as in the case of the woman taken in adultery, who were brought to him for condemnation (Jn 8). His real concern for them and openness to them made possible their complete turning to him as their Savior.
The clearest example of Jesus’ reflection of his Father’s attitude however was Jesus’ forgiveness of his enemies from the cross: “The chief priests, the scribes, and the elders also joined in the jeering: ‘He saved others but he cannot save himself! So he is the king of Israel! Let’s see him come down from that cross and then we will believe in him…’” (Mt 27). “…Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing”’ (Lk 23). These words of Jesus show his total self-emptying. Even in his desolation there was simply no room left for self-concern. Self-renunciation is essential for relating to others or forgiving them as Jesus did.
Your words from the cross, Lord, call me to become forgetful of self in fulfilling your Father’s saving will, even when surrounded by enemies. Enlarge my heart so that I may become a true disciple.