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Christ and the Good Thief by Titian (~1566)

     The Community of St. Dysmas takes its name from traditions surrounding one of the two thieves crucified with Jesus. In Matthew and Mark, both of them are said to have mocked Jesus along with the crowd. But in Luke's version of the story, one of the thieves mocks Jesus and the other rebukes him. This thief asks Jesus to remember him, and Jesus promises "Today you will be with me in paradise." (Luke 23:39-43). Although this man is not named in the Scriptures, he is called Dismas in the Gospel of Nicodemus, an apocryphal gospel from the middle of the fourth century CE. Dysmas is a variant of Dismas. In Spanish and Portuguese, the name is Dimas. There are several additional names in other traditions.

     In January, 2017, Pastor Gerry Rickel and Pastor Susan Beck were interviewed about prison ministry on WYPR. You can listen to that interview by clicking here.