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The Gospel of Thomas 111.

November 27, 2011

An excerpt from The Gospel of Thomas -The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus.  A beautiful translation, with commentary, by Jean-Yves Leloup.

The opening page from Thomas Merton’s Thoughts in solitude. I was most fortunate to find a first edition copy of this beautiful book , dating back to January 1958.

                                            

                                 BLINDNESS

NEAR JERICHO, a great scribe was sitting one day quietly reflecting by the roadside. As he contemplated life and faith, a large and noisy crowd stumbled by. The scribe became intrigued by all the activity, as this was usually a relative relaxed and quiet place to sit, so he called out to one of the passers-by, “What’s happening?” The man he addressed didn’t stop, but shouted excitedly, “Jesus of Nazareth is approaching the city.”

This wise man had heard much talk of Jesus, and so he eagerly joined the crowd. After some walking, everyone came to a halt, and silence descended upon the crowd. As the scribe looked up, he saw Jesus walking though the masses, talking with people and healing them. As he watched, a cry welled up from deep within him, and he began to shout, “Son of David, have mercy on me, a sinner!’’

Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but the scribe shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

As Jesus came near, he stopped and asked the man to approach. When the scribe came near, Jesus touched him and said, “Your faith has healed you.” At that moment, the scribe was blinded and began to cry out like a fool.

When all the people saw what had taken place they were horrified, but Jesus paid no heed to them. Instead, he put his hand on the shoulder of the scribe and whispered, “You will be blind for a while.” To this the man replied with a smile, “Oh, Lord, it does not matter in the least, for the moment you touched me I saw all that I ever needed to see.”

This is a excerpt from Peter Rollins book of parables “The Orthodox Heretic – and other impossible tales”

                   

 As a student in the mid 1980’s the New Radical by Jim Wallis influenced me like no other book. The book was a gift from a mentor/friend.  Over the last twenty years I lost contact with this friend and the vision of Jim Wallis. It is amazing to find myself coming full circle as I once again seek the experience of Godde in my life.

I recently found my copy. It was with other old books that had been stored away years ago in the ceiling of my home. It is moth-eaten, mouse-eaten, faded and full of character.

As I turned the pages, memories came flooding back as I had underlined and written short comments all over the book.

Below is an abstract from my copy that is as sadly relevant today as 25 years ago…..