ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke
Jesus promises heaven to the Good Thief Luke 23: 39-43
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
This image for hope shows the ongoing path after the crucifixion. Jesus said to the thief that this for him was not the end. The journey, the hope, goes on. There is more than this barbaric end. There is the onward journey towards home.