The gospels offer several examples of Jesus reaching out to console others, even as His tormenters were torturing and murdering Him. Two of those moments in Luke’s gospel – one with the wounded servant and the other with the good thief – merit extra consideration.
Again, as you slowly and prayerfully consider each description of Jesus consoling others, using your imagination to see and hear every detail of the scene, what impresses you the most? What detail makes you want to speak to Him? What do you want to say?
I) Jesus consoles the wounded servant
While he was still speaking, a crowd approached and in front was one of the Twelve, a man named Judas. He went up to Jesus to kiss him.
Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
His disciples realized what was about to happen, and they asked, “Lord, shall we strike with a sword?” And one of them struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus said in reply, “Stop, no more of this!” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.
And Jesus said to the chief priests and temple guards and elders who had come for him, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs? Day after day I was with you in the temple area, and you did not seize me; but this is your hour, the time for the power of darkness.”
After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest.
II) Jesus consoles the good thief
Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Christ? 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.”
Jesus replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”