The Message of the Soudarion

Not lying with
     the other burial linen,
But left folded,
     in a place by itself,
The soudarion¹
     spoke volumes to the one
          whom Jesus loved.
Once wrapped around
     Jesus' broken head,
          and having been removed,
Time and great care
     had been taken to
          make it just so.
Perhaps a special message
     was intended, as if to say:
"It was me, I did this,
     no one took me away."
Or even more:
     "Don't think this is over. 
          We've only just begun."
And then John believed.

John 20:3-8

¹soudarion: greek transliteration
(latin origin) napkin; head cloth

by J Alan R
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