Today we reach the culmination of the Church’s year and the last of our Lucan pericopes. This one comes from chapter 23, and is part of the Passion narrative; of course the Church is helping us to understand something about Christ’s kingship in its many dimensions.
And the people stood watching him, mocking him also were those in authority, saying, “Others he saved, let him save himself if this one is the Christ of God, the Elect. The soldiers also ridiculed him, coming near, offering to him ruined wine and saying, “If you are the Emperor of the Jews, save yourself!” And there was also an epigraph over him: This one is Emperor of the Jews.
And one of the malefactors, when he was hung, blasphemed him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” Yet answering the other rebuking him said, “Do you yourself not fear God, when you are condemned in the same way? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the things worthy of such that we did. But this one did nothing wrong.” He said, “Jesus, remind yourself of me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Amen: to you I say today with me you will be in paradise.”