“… remember me when you come as king”
At the beginning of his Gospel in the Infancy Narrative, Luke had made clear that the infant Jesus was in fact the Christ awaited by many in Israel. However, in his public ministry, Jesus had not applied the title to himself. He had accepted Peter's proclamation of him as the Christ while in Caesarea Philippi - though he had immediately qualified it by the mention of his coming death. Only at his trial before the Sanhedrin, just hours before his crucifixion, did he publicly accept the title – because by then there was no likelihood of its being mistakenly interpreted.
In accepting the title, he radically redefined it. His power lay in his integrity and embraced powerlessness. It was essentially the power of love.
Today's Gospel passage recounts the reactions of various groups of people confronted with the spectacle of a crucified Christ.