Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Lk 23:42-43

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This is the exchange between one of the two criminals crucified on either side of Christ as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.

You might recall that in the Gospel of Luke the other thief mocks Jesus, challenges him to “Save yourself and save us.”  Yet, the thief we call “the good thief” (Dismis) rebukes this mocking saying to his fellow wrongdoer: ” … we have been condemned justly … but this man has done nothing wrong.”  And at this point, Jesus says, “… you will be with me in Paradise.”

Healing words.

Words can hurt or they can heal.

This simple measure of words can be easily applied to us in our daily discourse.  Do we heal or do we hurt?

Christ offered healing words amid his crucifixion.  Does this not set the mark for us?

On balance, can we live to heal more than hurt?

Think about this.

Shalom.

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