Saint Dismas is the good thief, crucified at Jesus’s right hand, sharing in Christ’s suffering on the cross in a way that no one else has ever been able. He is named Dismas by tradition, but we don’t know his real name. Here’s what we do know about him:
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.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
He knew his own wretchedness and Christ’s righteousness. He asked that Jesus remember him, acknowledging Christ as Lord of His kingdom, and he received the promise of eternal life. Has there ever been a sweeter suffering? Dying beside your Savior, waiting to see Him in paradise.
I pray that God might give me this kind of sweet suffering, despite my own wretchedness. I pray I will always recognize Christ, defend Him, and ask to know Him and be known by Him. Saint Dismas, pray for us.