The last Gospel of the year shows who Jesus really is. He is King, but a King who is not understood and therefore, condemned and crucified. Jesus shows the thief his kingly greatness as he forgives his sins and invites him into his Kingdom. What is going on in the hearts of the people watching silently their dying king? They are struck dumb by the cruelty of the execution and their own powerlessness to do anything. But there is already a transformation of their minds and heart. Our King on the cross is one who struggled against all forms of oppression to bring about Gods reign in a non-violent way and was ready to risk his life. He invites us from the cross to continue his struggle: not to run away from suffering, to be compassionate to our suffering brothers and sisters and to spend our lives to build a different human community built on justice and reconciliation. What Jesus did throughout his life and at the moment of dying is what we, his disciples, his community, are called to continue doing till the end of time. “In Christ, God was reconciling the world with himself….and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us (2 Cor 5:18).