Monday, June 3, 2019
9:15 a.m. Gospel of Thomas, Saying 21.
21a Mary asked Jesus: Who are your disciples like? He replied: They are like little children in a field that does not belong to them. When the field’s owners come they will say: “Give our field back.” They will strip naked in the owners’ presence and give it back, returning their field to them.
21b Therefore I say: If a householder knows a thief is coming, he will keep watch and not let him break into his house (of his kingdom) and steal his goods.
21c You must keep watch against the world, preparing yourselves with power so that thieves will not find any way to come upon you.
21d The situation you are expecting will come. Let a person who understands be with you.
21e After the grain had ripened, he quickly came, carrying his sickle, and he harvested it.
21f He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
21a seems to say, we’re in 3D but we don’t belong to it, nor it to us. At some point we will have to return everything and go back to non-3D.
21b Starts with “therefore” but doesn’t seem obvious why b follows a.
Who is householder, who is thief, what is the house and what the goods that can be stolen? In context of 21a.
I don’t know.
Remember the intent, to show them their place in the world of 3D/non-3D. And consider b in connection with 21c.
Yes, it seems to equate them with the householder.
Well, in what way did he mean for them to “keep watch against the world”? And what power? And (d) “a person who understands.”
I suppose (looking back) what they had that was to be protected against theft was the kingdom of heaven: the inner awareness; the state of being awake. And I can see that “a person who understands” would be of great value in meeting the challenge of the world that lulls to sleep.
And when the grain was ready, he harvested it at once, being ready.
Yes, I see that. Does it mean how they were to deal with others who woke up, or are they themselves the awakeners?
Does it have to be only one, not both?
And so a difficult passage is not, perhaps, so difficult. It does not require that every explanation be long.
Okay, thanks as always. Should we go on?