When Christ Comes into His Glory
Image from the Antiochian Diocese of Los Angeles and the West
I was musing on passage in scripture where the two disciples ask Christ to allow them to sit at his right and left (or their mother asks on their behalf - compare the Gospel of St. Mark Ch. 10 and Gospel of St. Matthew Ch. 20). He admonishes them that they really don't know what they are asking and notes that those appointments he cannot give - they have been appointed.
Are the two thieves those that are appointed to be on his right and left? And the Glory - it is (isn't it?) the Glory of his suffering, the Glory of his Cross. Death is confounded by His death.
And in the two thieves, we see perhaps also an illustration of the parable of the Sheep and Goats.