The thief, dying on the cross alongside Jesus asks only to be remembered when Jesus comes to his rightful throne (Luke 23:35-43). He does not want to be forgotten. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Suddenly it occurs to us that this thief is playing our part in this drama. He is saying our lines and speaking our hopes… we do not want to be forgotten either.
And so Jesus’ answer to this thief, and to all of us who listen with faith for His response, is the ultimate word of grace and comfort. “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” It was more than the thief asked, and certainly more than he deserved. That Jesus would remember us when all human memories have ceased is incredible. But Jesus offers more. He promises that those who trust him with this gallant faith will actually be with Him, after our death, in paradise.
- Deacon Robert
“This is the invitation which I address to
everyone: Let us accept the grace of
Christ’s resurrection! Let us be renewed by
God’s mercy; let us be loved by Jesus; let
us enable the power of his love to transform
our lives, too; and let us become agents of
this mercy, channels through which God
can water the earth, protect all creation and
make justice and peace flourish.”
- Pope Francis