Readings for November 24, 2019
2 Samuel 5:1-3
The Solemnity of Christ the King
The “penitent thief,” known in the Catholic Church as St. Dismas, had a simple prayer. “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” In rebuking his brother, who had mocked Jesus, he confessed his sin before the Lord. He did not ask for pardon or to be saved from his impending death or relieved of the pain he was suffering. He simply, humbly, reverently, acknowledged Christ as King and asked to be “remembered.”
The ever merciful Jesus answered the prayer with more than what was asked for or even imagined. “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Only the King of kings, only the Creator of the heavens and the earth, only He who will be the final judge of all the earth, could make such an offer.
If I acknowledge the Kingship of Christ, if I acknowledge and confess my own sin, and if I boldly ask that Jesus remember me, I am offered the same inheritance. For I too am “predestined for adoption through Christ,” (Ephesians 1:5), and able to accept my place in God’s royal family. And there is no treasure on earth that could compare.
A full confession, a simple prayer, and an answer with an astonishing promise. This is the outline presented by St. Dismas. This is the love of our King. This is our inheritance.
Lord, remember me. Amen