Jesus appeared to John (the Gospel writer) a week before his death, telling him of his imminent demise and blessing him. The image below illustrates the sacred medieval legend.
A week later John asked his followers to dig a grave for him. When it was completed, he got into it and was bathed with heavenly light as he was dying.
The story doesn’t say, but don’t you wonder what he did to prepare himself?
God, help me to live as though I am going to die. Help me to die, when the time goes, having lived. Thank You, Jill
Invitation to Prayer:
What communication from God would help you accept that you are going to die? (Let’s face it, we all live in denial of this basic truth.) What assurance would give you the courage to live more fully? Let God know your fears, hopes, and needs in any way that makes sense–with words, images, gestures, or some other means of expression.
God cares! Take comfort from the image below, rest in the hope it offers.
I consider the days of old, and remember the years of long ago. I commune with my heart in the night; I meditate and search my spirit… Psalm 77:13-14 NRSV
These images of John talking with Jesus and in his sarcaphogus are found towards the top of the John the Evangelist stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral in France (1205-15).