Luke 23:35-43 Reflection – We Will Be in Paradise

Reflection on Luke 23:35-43 ~

As Christians, we believe that some “today” into the future we will be in paradise because  Jesus sacrificed himself to save us. If we are honest with ourselves, in between the now and then, we know we constantly forget about our heavenly future and slip into sin.  Jesus tell us we will not be condemned when we fall if we raise our thoughts and prayers and seek forgiveness from those we hurt including God.  When our sins are large we should seek our Pastor for the healing sacrament of Reconcilation.

The Pardon of the Good Thief James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumThe Pardon of the Good Thief, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Luke 23  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”]]  And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

 

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Luke 23:35-43.