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Luke 23:35-43

The Word of God

And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at Jesus, saying, "He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!" The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, "If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!" There was also an inscription over him, "This is the King of the Jews." One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, "Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!" But the other rebuked him, saying, "Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied, "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise." 

Luke 23:35-43
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    • This is one of the most striking passages in scripture. In the conversation between Jesus and the two thieves, we reflect on what was going on in their minds.
    • The central message of Jesus, eager to free us from our sins and grant us the gift of everlasting life, brings out the deep meaning of the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, which we celebrate today.
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    • We find it hard to watch Jesus in such pain. He is innocent, he ‘has done nothing wrong.’ Yet by his Cross he has redeemed the world. Can I believe that God somehow brings good out of the suffering of the innocent today?
    • Salvation begins its work here and now: the second criminal recognises him as a just man, and humbly asks his help. He hears the promise of eternal joy from Jesus’ lips. When I am suffering, I can turn to Jesus and hear the same words. ‘Today’ means ‘in God’s good time.’
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    • Glamour and splendour mark the presence of earthly royalty. Jesus is not recognisable as King to those expecting power or glory. We need to train ourselves to look for signs of Jesus’ reign. His real identity can be seen only by the humble.
    • The ‘good thief’ saw things as they were: he knew his own sinfulness; he recognised  Jesus’ character; he asked for little yet was rewarded for his honesty. Humility brings a true perspective and is the ground for meeting God. I pray for humility.