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The napkin at Christ's tomb
« on: May 24, 2011, 03:00:19 PM »
I just received this email, so I do not know its authenticity.

If this is true, it is a beautiful sign left by Christ.

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

    Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....

                     The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin,
    which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

                     The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the
    napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

                     Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene
            came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away
            from the entrance.

                   She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one
            whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body
            out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

                    Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.
                    The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and
            looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

                     Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also
           noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered
            Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

                     Was that important?  Absolutely!  Is it really significant?  Yes!

                     In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin,
            you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.
                     The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant,
                     and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

                     When the servant set the dinner table for the master,
            he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

                     The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would
            wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant
            would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

                     Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe
            his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it
            onto the table.

                     The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those
            days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished."

                     But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin,
            and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table,

                     The folded napkin meant,  "I'm coming back!"
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: The napkin at Christ's tomb
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 08:36:33 AM »
this is called a 'fallacy' in theological terms, as the 'napkin' used to wrap bodies was not at all similar to the one used many centuries later to wipe mouths after eating. it would be like a story saying Jesus told a parable about a lost airplane; it would not be relevant to the people who lived at that time.
there are many many other passages in the Bible that prove that Jesus will return again in glory, so we don't need this little story to confirm our faith. it is a nice story, but not accurate.

what our priest explained is that lazarus, when he rose, came out wrapped in his grave clothes, and those who were there had to take them of him. he would need them again later when he died again.
Jesus' grave clothes were folded up neatly ready to be packed away because he didn't need them again. He came out without his grave clothes, as He defeated death and no longer had any connection with death.