Having lived through two near-death experiences, I relate to Lazarus, who was raised by Jesus.
I wonder what it was like for him to “wake up” back in his life, still bound in his burial shroud.
I ponder his need for others to liberate him from his grave.
How did he integrate the lingering “smell of death” into his revived existence?
God, my heart, mind, and soul meditate on your words to Lazarus, “Come out!”
Invitation to Prayer:
Where is resurrection needed in your life? Communicate with Life about it.
Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:430-44 NRSV
These images are from the depiction of Lazarus’s resurrection (upper right). They are in the Mary Magdalene stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral in France (1205-15).
To Understand the Image Better
The raising of Lazarus by Jesus in the Magdalene Window
Other Posts in this Series
Introduction: Life and Death
Passion & Resurrection Window: Talking about Death
Suffering; Hanging On Before Letting Go; Goodbye
John the Evangelist Window: Considering Our Lives; Possibilities in Times of Grief; Consider This!
Magdalene Window: The Many Faces of Mourning; Grieving, Then and Now; Water: In Life & Death