The Lord's parable of the generous employer who pays those who came last to work in his vineyard the same as those who came first, is in a sense echoed in the St Genesius's profession of faith as preserved in the Acts. "I have come rather late to adore the true King", he says, it seems with some regret - so much time wasted, but yet the Lord does not refuse him. Deathbed conversions are rare - we would be careful not to have to rely on them, but they happen and the Lord is merciful. We should strive to bring those we know who have not yet embraced Christ to come to know him. Concerning ourselves, those words of St Genesius ring home with a certain truth - when we realise all that he has done for us, that we had not converted sooner can be a reproach we may accuse ourselves of. What we do we? Ask for mercy, love Christ and do what we can to serve him as well as we can today.
Novena Prayer. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be.
St Genesius, pray for us.