Last Sunday after Pentecost – Christ the King – reflection 2016

Discussion in response to this reflection just finished via Skype between Werrington County, Laylor Park, Maroubra and Winmalee NSW Australia

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Scripture: Luke 23:33-43

33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. [[ 34 Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’]] And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35 And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37 and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ 38 There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’

39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ 42 Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ 43 He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’                                                (NRSV)

Reflection:

The actions of the criminals on either side of Jesus also show us two different sides of our human nature.

We are, to some extent, probably all capable of derision and support.

  • Have there been times when you have been like the criminal who “derided” Jesus?
  • What caused you to start the derision?
  • Did someone challenge your actions?
  • What happened?

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