Jesus tells His disciples a parable of a dishonest manager. But the owner of the estate in Jesus' story seems to praise the manager by calling him shrewd. Jesus then seems to tell His disciples that they should be shrewd like the manager. How can this be? What lessons can we learn from this story?
Jesus was in agony. But he wasn't the only one. Near him was a thief. Jesus shows great compassion for the man by telling the man that he would be with Jesus in Paradise. Sometimes this passage is used to argue the non-necessity of baptism. But is this what this passage is about? Or, is there something deeper in this story about the compassion of Jesus?