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Palm Sunday (year C)

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Palm Sunday

Litany of  the Palms 
Luke 19:28-40
Psalm 118:1-2; 19-29


 Litany of the Passion
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Luke 22:14-23:56 or
Luke 23:1-49


A Holy Week Letter to Jesus
by Pascack Pastor 

 Passion of Christ Devotional
  compiled by Nail-Bender in NC


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Sermon Excerpt:

The Penitent Thief, Luke 23:39-43 
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

When I was a teen, the story of the penitent thief on the cross was one of my favorites. I knew all about “salvation,” having been raised in the pews of a Baptist church. But I had never made that ultimate commitment to God. The story of the thief gave me comfort, because if he could receive salvation in the hour of his death, then there was hope for me.

In fact, I believe my plan back then was to live my life the way I pleased and as I felt the end of my life approaching, I would quick pray the sinner’s prayer (which I knew by heart) and ….. be with him “in paradise today!”

The only flaw to my plan, I thought back then, was the possibility of a sudden death via accident in which case I wouldn’t be able to “reel off” my last-minute salvation prayer. Oops.

As silly as this thinking seems to me today, I wonder how many folks actually think like that. I sometimes wonder if the story of the penitent thief on the cross is really that great of a lesson. The hour of death is certainly is not the ideal time to find salvation.

After all, doesn’t it matter how we live? What about Matthew 25 where Jesus is said to separate the good and the bad at the end of time based on their good deeds--or lack thereof.

Maybe there is a misunderstanding here. Jesus said to the thief: "Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:43)

Paradise—that’s not the word commonly used for heaven, is it? Paradise is most commonly associated with the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve lived. Maybe, Jesus didn’t really promise heaven to the penitent thief?

I only found the word paradise used in two other places in the NT:...DPS Subscribers: click here to see this manuscript and all other resources


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