Click here to download and listen to this homily (15 minutes) given by Fr Thomas Weise at St Catherine of Siena parish in Petersburg AK. In today's gospel Jesus hangs from the cross showing that he is a very different type of king. Not one of power over others, but power for others--one of humble service to save us from sin and death. Often we dismiss Jesus as our king in our feeble struggle for independence. At other times we recognize Jesus as our king because there is something in it for us. Jesus becomes our handy man, fixing stuff. Hopefully like the repentant criminal we will recognize that Jesus alone is our source of love and mercy and we will call out to him in humility "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." That Jesus might make take us to himself and makes us whole.
Readings: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; Psalm 122; Colossians 1:12-20; Luke 23:35-43