Fr. Roger J. Landry
Holy Innocents, New York, NY
Seven Last Words Meditations
April 3, 2015
Together with Father Leonard Villa and Father Robert Brisson, the seven last words were preached. The audio for the second word, “Truly I tell you today: you shall be with me in paradise,” is below:
The reading for the word is as follows:
Lk 23:35-43: 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!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 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.