Blessed are all those
who are persecuted right into
the depths of their own hearts.
Only there will they come to know
their true Father and Source.
Blessed are all the hungry ones.
Their inner longings will be satisfied.
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
I tried, really tried,
to shut up and watch,
to let them find out if love and transcendence
could really anchor their tent.
The wind was blowing hard,
and I watched how they struggled with that—
the canvas snapping,
the clouds boiling, tumbling
lifting the walls
with fingers of rain and hail.
Their hands shook as they pounded,
looking for firm ground beneath
Better to just let the thing fall,
and trust that
when it hangs up on some snatching tree branch,
there will shelter there enough.
I remember what you said to Mary—
“Don’t cling to me...”
Not much bread and wine there
to chew on, to swallow.
It’s a chancy thing, God—
to use suffering as a window.
Journey through Logos:
Anytime Yeshua gives a teaching twice in a row, watch carefully. Notice how he is leading us to the idea that suffering of any kind can be like a kind of useful hunger— our emotional “why me?” opens the door by tearing down all the ways we armor ourselves against the world. In that hunger, in that questioning heart thrown wide open, we can at last begin to glimpse the depth and strength upon which our seemingly fragile lives are really built.
When that cry comes out of the deepest part of our heart, we end up face to face with our Father and Source, the very ground of our being. This is not a path that denies the very real physical and mental aspects of suffering, but rather uses that energy in a transformational way to create union and relationship by fueling a more authentic search.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”
“Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”
Can you name a great suffering or sorrow or hunger that opened your heart to a sense of the spirit around and within you? Or was it many small pecks from the world that contributed to how you view Mystery now?
We are filled with Wonder when we come to see that our deepest reaction to persecution and suffering creates the very questions that open our heart.
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