Jesus is among us every day.
What choices do you make?
(Michael reads his post)
In today's Passion reading, Luke recounts one of my favorite moments in the New Testament.
While Matthew, Mark and John mention that two thieves are crucified with Jesus, only Luke tells us about Dismas' (the good thief) request.
Dismas led a life of sin, and as such, was sentenced to die in one of the cruelest ways possible. But as fortune would have it, he just happened to be crucified right next to the Savior of the world. He had a few hours - a tiny fraction of his life - to make a decision that would last for eternity.
He chose to repent. To believe. To follow Jesus.
And in doing so, he saved his soul.
Gestas, the other thief, makes no such request of Christ.
He had the same chance.
He was right there next to Jesus.
All he had to do was ask.
But he didn't. He made a terrible decision.
Every time I read this passage I want to shout out to him ..."Are you nuts? Don't you know that is the Son of God right next to you! Please, just ask Him to remember you!"
(confidently) I mean, if I was right next to Jesus I would certainly know it. I would make the right choice every time.
(slightly less confidently) Yup, I would.
(much quieter and much less confidently) I would, right?
(scene fades with Michael looking in mirror)