Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 22:17, 20-21

Here is a short reading recommended for the end of a person’s life, and it comes from the end of the Christian Bible:

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”
Let the hearer say, “Come.”
Let the one who thirsts come forward,
and the one who wants it
receive the gift of life-giving water.
The one who gives this testimony says,
“Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all.

The prayer here for the coming of the Lord Jesus was likely intended to be a petition for the coming Parousia, a setting right of all things wrong. Certainly, human death so often seems wrong. We experience heart-wrenching separation, sometimes a long period of suffering across the realms physical, mental, and spiritual.

The unfulfilled promise of the coming of Jesus troubled Christians at the end of the Apostolic Era. That so many want the Second Coming and expect it, year after year, and seer after seer, shows we have not quite gotten over it.

For the dying person, she or he will likely encounter the Lord before any of us, so the invitation is apt: hear it, and if you desire it, come forward and receive it.

For an in-depth treatment of the Pastoral Care rites, check this page that outlines our examination from a decade ago.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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