Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Madeleva: honest men

Wednesday, April 20, 2011
    One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
    But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don't you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
    —Luke 23:39-41 (NIV)
Blow out your foolish lamps; here are two honest men,
A thief and a blasphemer; or, I think, a god,
    On gallows-trees.
    ... Mary Madeleva (Mary Evaline Wolff) (1887-1964), Gates and other Poems, New York: Macmillan, 1938, p. 22 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have taken the burden of my sin upon Yourself.
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