Easter

‘Today you will be with me in Paradise’

Good Friday

To me, the so-called good thief, whose real name is Dismas, represents sincere Christians. If we are honest with ourselves, we will take the LORD’s words to heart and mind. We will be ever mindful of what He says several times in John 14: If we love Him, we will keep His commandments.

The bad thief, whose name is Gestas, represents all the fools who scoff at God, Christians, truth, history and justice. Gestas represents those who mock Christ and persecute Christians throughout the world.

The Feast of Saint Dismas is March 25. Please pray for us every day Saint Dismas!

The Good Thief. Icon by unknown artist circa 1560 at the Kremlin. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

“The Good Thief.” Icon by unknown Russian artist. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The Gospel of Luke 23:32-56
Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”

And they cast lots to divide his garments. And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”

The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him vinegar, 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 [Gestas] who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

But the other [Dismas] rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.”

And he [Jesus] said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed; and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.

Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, and said, “Certainly this man was innocent!”

And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.

Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathe’a. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid; then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment.


From the Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible | Second Catholic Edition published by Ignatius Press

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