Acts 10:34, 37-43;
Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9
Peter…observed the linen cloths lying there,
and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying
with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself.
Then the other disciple…took one look at the evidence,
and believed. Jn 20:6-8
This passage from the Gospel of John captures my attention because of its
detail. Peter and John came to believe after “seeing the evidence.” What was
this evidence, one wonders?
The body linens were in a pile, but Jesus’ head wrap was folded neatly by
itself. Perhaps the disciples knew their Lord to be neat and fastidious, or
more importantly, perhaps they knew him to be a contemplative man who
would have arisen from death slowly and deliberately. Knowing him as
intimately as they did, they could picture the Master they loved folding his
dry, blood-soaked kerchief neatly before centering himself in the silence of
prayer in preparation for his final task ahead.
Lord Jesus, help me to develop
a listening heart centered on you.
Be still and know that I am God.
Indian Head Park, IL