Funeral Lectionary: Luke 23:33, 39-43

Jesus, remember me: this would be one of the most recognizable quotes of the Gospel. The text is sung at funerals more than it is proclaimed. I know of at least two adaptations of the Taize refrain, adding verses, to adapt it for the OCF.

When they came to the place called the Skull,
  they crucified him and the criminals there,
  one on his right, the other on his left.
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying,
  “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.”
The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply,
  “Have you no fear of God,
  for you are subject to the same condemnation?
And indeed, we have been condemned justly,
  for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes,
  but this man has done nothing criminal.”
Then he said,
  “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
  “Amen, I say to you,
  today you will be with me in Paradise.”

It could be that the association of this refrain with a death row criminal is a bit much for mourners. Still, this is a direct comfort from the Lord to a dying man. As such, it should give us hope as well: the deepest sinner, if repentant, will be taken up into Paradise.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Funeral Lectionary: Luke 23:33, 39-43

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