The readings for today come from the second book of Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122, Paul’s letter to the Colossians 1:12-20, and Luke’s Gospel 23:35-43.
Today marks the end of the Year of Mercy as well as the beginning final week of the Liturgical year. So the readings seem apropos. We begin by hearing about King David being crowned king of Israel, the Lord said “You shall shepherd my people and be commander.” This is a request of more than just King David it is that of all his royal children, ourselves included who through our baptism are called to watch out for one another. Paul brings up the whole concept that Jesus is the first and everything comes from him. In Luke we hear the Crucifixion narrative with the good thief. This gospel story fits well with the message of the Year of Mercy as we hear how Jesus is hung between two other criminals. One asks “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us.” The other rebukes him saying Dude we deserve to be here unlike this Jesus guy, have you no fear of God/ Awe and Wonder (gift of the Holy Spirit)” We are like both of these criminals in our lives sometimes we look for the quick fix and wonder why it doesn’t work that way all the time but other times we have the hope that things will turn up for the better like the good thief ask “Jesus remember him when you come into your kingdom” We need more of this hope in the world today, sure we live in trying times but it is only through God’s mercy that we are still here today. I hope that we can continue this message of mercy bringing it with us as the holiday season comes and goes as well as the new President comes into office in the United States.