Sunday, November 20, 2016
Reflection: Luke 23:35-43
Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Solemnity - Luke 23:35-43
The opening words of today’s reading are: “Two other who were criminals were taken with Jesus to the place of crucifixion.” These men were crucified with Jesus: one on his left and the other on his right.
Jesus spoke these words: “Father, forgive them: they do not know what they are doing.” As Jesus was saying these words, then the soldiers threw dice to see who would get Jesus’ clothing.
Meanwhile, the people stood watching. Some of the leaders kept jeering at Jesus, saying: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, 'the chosen one.'" And they placed an inscription over his head, saying: “The King of the Jews.”
How many times do we stand idly by as something that we know is wrong occurs? We may join in the laughter when someone with whom we work makes an embarrassing mistake. We may choose not to help someone who needs help. Why do we fail to speak up or get involved?
Jesus forgives those who wrong him for, as he says, "they do not know what they are doing." Can we step back, recognize what we are doing or not doing, and make a concerted effort to change?