There are many stained glass images at Chartres of men, women, and children being brought back to life by saints (usually in the presence of witnesses).
While my mind struggles to understand the physical resurrection of ordinary human beings, my heart rejoices in the metaphorical possibility of resurrection, especially because God uses human beings in the process.
As we continue to pray for our cities, our societies, and our countries, the need for resurrection is obvious.
Let us pray for God’s power to make a difference in our world. Let us pray to be used by God to bring resurrection where it is needed.
Invitation to Prayer
Take a deep breath, imagining God’s love filling your heart and body, bringing peace and clarity.
When your mind is ready, think of what is dead and needs resurrection in you, in those you love, in those who live within twenty-five miles of you, and in whatever country you call home.
Then, take a very deep exhale and plead with God, “Bring resurrection!”
If there is something you have been shown to do, follow the guidance that has been given.
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. Acts 4:1-2 NRSV
To Understand The Image Better
These images are of St. Martin bringing a man back from the dead in the south ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral (1217-20) in France.
Other Posts in This Series On Praying with Images of Death
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; Resurrection; The Importance of A Face; Welcome As A Blessing
The Glorification of the Virgin Window: Dying in Community; Your Soul; Carrying Death
The Saint Sylvester Window: Murder
The Anthony and Paul the Hermit Window: Seeing with More Than Your Eyes
Small Rose in South Ambulatory: Meditating with Christ on the Cross