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Luke 24:1-12

Two men in dazzling garments appeared to them and said…“Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”

Reunion/Welcome Home

The picture below is by Danny Hahlbohm and I have seen it go by a number of different names, the one that captures the scene for me is- Welcome Home. In the context of the story we have been sharing it is clear that Dismas has found his way home and that Jesus has delivered on his promise and the Good Thief is with Him in paradise.

After his death on the cross, Dismas is guided into paradise by the Holy Spirit,he is welcomed into the hands of the Father and embraced by his brother Jesus. In the picture Dismas is whole again, the scares from his crucifixion are healed and he is clothed in white-he is a new creation.

This is the scene that awaits all of us as we complete the Way of the Cross with Jesus and St. Dismas.


Below is a recording by Kelley Mooney. Kelly provides a  spiritual lyrical adaptation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.

No need to watch the video (if you do hit the X to rid yourself of the pesky Google Ad). Click it on, listen to Kelley tell you how she came up with this version and them with eyes closed take in the lyrics which tell the greatest story ever told.


Click here for a copy of Deacon Mike’s Easter Sunday Homily: Lessons from the Empty Tomb.

Lyrics To Hallelujah by Kelly Mooney (www.kellymooney.ca)

Adapted to the music of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

A crown of thorns placed on His head

He knew that He would soon be dead

He said did you forget me Father did you?

They nailed Him to a wooden cross

Soon all the world would feel the loss

Of Christ the King before His Hallelujah


Hallelujah x4


He hung His head and prepared to die

Then lifted His face up to the sky

Said I am coming home now Father to you

A reed which held His final sip

Was gently lifted to his lips

He drank His last and gave His soul to glory



The soldier who had used his sword

To pierce the body of our Lord

Said truly this is Jesus Christ our Savior

He looked with fear upon his sword

Then turned to face his Christ and Lord

Fell to his knees crying Hallelujah


Hallelujah x4


Took from his head the thorny crown

And wrapped him in a linen gown

And laid him down to rest inside the tomb

The holes in his hands, his feet and side

Now in our hearts we know he died

To save us from ourselves oh hallelujah


Hallelujah x4


Three days went by again they came

To move the stone to bless the slain

With oil and spice anointing hallelujah

But as they went to move the stone

They saw that they were not alone

But Jesus Christ has risen Hallelujah


Hallelujah x4

Hallelujah x4

Hallelujah x4

4 Responses to “Easter Sunday- Homecoming”

  1. Bill Goudy says:

    Hi Deacon Mike
    Happy Easter to you.
    I was wondering if there is a way to get a printed version of Don’s Dismas Stations of the Cross? I mean the entire thing. I think is a a beautiful piece.

  2. deaconmike says:


    Thanks for the note and comment.

    You can find a downloadable copy at: http://www.itinerantpreacher.org/download-available-for-the-way-of-the-cross-with-st-dismas/

    Let me know if this does not work.

    Happy Easter Mike

  3. Another Mike says:

    Hey Deacon Mike,

    I was really hoping to send your today’s homily to my friend but it seems to be missing from your website. Thank you in advance and I really enjoy your homilies.


  4. deaconmike says:


    Thanks for the note- I have updated the links and posted the homily as well. Happy Easter- The other Mike