A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 23:35-43
"The Rulers sneered at Jesus and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews." Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." The Gospel of the Lord
Prayer: Come Holy Spirit Creator Blessed, and in our souls take up your rest.
The Gospel today from St. Luke paints a very different image of kingship than what we know of in the world. The Gospel today leads us to the cross. Throughout the Church this Sunday we will celebrate the great Solemnity of Christ the King. When you go to Mass this Sunday, listen carefully to the priest's homily, he will open this passage far more fully than the short space of this Lectio. Here, we will ponder the last words spoken in the Sunday's Gospel: "Today, you will be with me in Paradise."
Do you hear Jesus? These words are spoken to you and to me. Listen with your heart and look up into his eyes, allow his gaze to rest upon you. Do you see the Love in his eyes for you? Each one of us could rightly say the words with the good thief, " we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes." But why is this also the place of the greatest confidence? What can we learn here? The criminal hanging on the cross humbly acknowledged the justice of it all, that he was suffering rightly, 'corresponding to his crimes.' Do I humbly acknowledge my sin, and the consequences of my sins? Do I receive Truth and Love into my heart...the person of Jesus Christ. If I do not receive Jesus into my heart, I will never know the sweet confidence that floods the soul when I allow His Presence to fill me with His Spirit and Life. To welcome His presence into my soul, is to welcome healing; here in the heart with Him, is where confidence is born, which enables me to say so simply, "Jesus remember me," with the good thief. "Today you will be with me" This is the promise of Jesus to those who humbly acknowledge their sins, to those who with confidence lift their eyes to Him for recognition and Mercy. It is those who receive the supreme gift-Jesus Himself, "Today you will be with me" Jesus has conquered sin and death! Do I want Joy in my soul? Joy is very simple, Joy IS Jesus in me. Go to Jesus!
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty the King of creation! Oh my soul praise him for he is thy help and salvation