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.”
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.
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
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
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
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