The Remembrance We Desire
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
– Luke 23:42
Luke’s Gospel is the only one that recounts this poignant scene involving a criminal we sometimes call “The Good Thief.” On the surface, this looks like an eleventh-hour deathbed repentance, but it is so much more. Yes, this is a dying man who, in his final hours, is confronted by his own transgressions and brokenness. At the same time, this is a person noticing, perhaps for the first time in his life, what it means to belong to the kingdom of right relationship, of justice, of compassion. He sees this kingdom embodied in Jesus, the person hanging beside him, the person gazing back at him with welcome.
All this man asks is to be remembered. This, I believe, is our desire as well: to be at home and forever welcomed into the heart of the Holy One. May it be so.