Gospel: Lk 23:35-43
The people stood by, watching. As for the rulers, they jeered at him, saying to one another, “Let the man who saved others now save himself, for he is the Messiah, the chosen one of God!”
The soldiers also mocked him and, when they drew near to offer him bitter wine, they said, “So you are the King of the Jews? Save yourself!” Above Jesus there was an inscription in Greek, Latin and Hebrew, which read, “This is the King of the Jews.”
One of the criminals hanging with Jesus insulted him, “So you are the Messiah? Save yourself, and us as well!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Have you no fear of God, you who received the same sentence as he did? For us it is just: this is payment for what we have done. But this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus replied, “In truth I tell you, today, you will be with me today in paradise.”
READ: This is the King of the Jews.
REFLECT: Those who wrote the inscription on the cross wanted to make a joke at the expense of Jesus. Yet they were only stating the truth. Christ is really a king, not only of the Jews but of the whole universe. But he is a king of love.
PRAY: Let us tell the crucified Christ that we want no other King but him.
ACT: Today buy yourself a small ornamental cross and wear it proudly.