Before the Ending of the day 12

 

They think it’s all over; well it is now.
Easter Evening approaches– the transitory mess of chocolate eggs wrappings, bunny cards and Easter flowers grace the day’s close. The church’s Easter garden is already wilting.
Easter has come and gone.
In John’s gospel the dying words of Jesus are: it is finished. It may appear strange to be considering them on Easter Day but they point to the significance of his resurrection.
I wonder how many people die, content. For them life has come to a perfect conclusion with all ends tied up. They have lived a neatly packaged life which can be boxed up and put away.
I have had that impression from some funeral services I have attended and certainly the favoured alternative – a celebration of the departed’s life. But I wonder. Continue reading

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Before the ending of the day 11

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit

This is another in a series for Before the ending of the day where I am considering each of the last words of Jesus as he died on the cross. I wonder what meaning they may have for our own contemplation of death and dying.
It would appear that in the account of his death in the later gospels Jesus died at peace with his Father in heaven but what about us?
I found this beautiful prayer by Bishop Jeremy Taylor. It was written in the Restoration period of the 1600s. Continue reading

Before the ending of the day 10

 

A request too far?

In John’s account of the death of Jesus there is a moment when the frail humanity of Christ breaks the silence. He cries out: I am thirsty. It is the thirst of the dying. But when the drugged cloth is offered him he refuses. Was there another sort of thirst he need quenching?
This is another in a series for Before the ending of the day where I am considering each of the last words of Jesus as he died on the cross. I wonder what meaning they may have for our own contemplation of death and dying. Continue reading

Before the ending of the day 9

 

United by his death
In John’s account of the death of Jesus there is a poignant scene where he unites his mother with the disciple with whom he had a unique love. After his death Jesus has decided that she will go to the disciple’s home.
This is another in a series for Before the ending of the day where I am considering each of the last words of Jesus as he died on the cross. I wonder what meaning they may have for our own contemplation of death and dying.
It is a sad fact that sometimes it is only after a death that something fruitful can happen. Continue reading