They saw a Samaritan
on his way to Judea,
carrying a lamb.
Yeshua said, “Notice the Samaritan
with the lamb.”
His disciples said, “He must be carrying it
in order to kill and eat it.”
Yeshua responded, “As long as it is alive he
cannot eat it. Only after he has killed it and it is
dead will it be eaten.”
They replied, “What other way is there?”
Yeshua said, “You must be careful
to find a place for yourselves
in the realm of eternal rest,
lest you be killed and eaten, too.”
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
What assumptions do we layer
over all of reality?
Even a scientist will find
his expectations may
he hoped only to observe.
If I see others only in the
light of utility,
so shall I be seen.
Ask anyone for a dollar,
cold, right on the street,
dressed nicely, hair combed
will the person give it to you?
Is it not a wonder?
Your yes or no is
Journey through Logos:
First the disciples notice a lamb, and then Yeshua calls it to their attention again. This is a kind of twin, a double-take, an alert that the teacher is about to point out where two levels of reality are touching in the simple and everyday. Yes, the scene itself is loaded with metaphors for the Middle Eastern mind—the Samaritans who are not part of the Orthodoxy, yet related by both geography and basic beliefs with their Temple-based Jewish neighbors, the lamb which could be a meal but also a sacrifice or a new addition to a herd.
But the disciples choose to jump to an assumption about the basic needs of the world of relativity—the lamb will be killed so it can be eaten. Yeshua’s answer to them seems strange—he points to the lamb’s aliveness, and implicitly points out that death narrows all the possibilities inherent in that living presence to a much smaller point. And then he cautions them to find a realm of eternal rest so they themselves won’t be eaten.
If his students can rest in the holy present moment, and not jump to conclusions about the world around them, but rather, touch the very aliveness that is all around them, they will, in turn, not be eaten up by the assumptions that must abound about them. For they follow a man without a home, seemingly passive on his shoulders at times, a teacher who flies in the face of authority and the decorum of their culture. The only way not be eaten a culture who “sees” such things as odd and dangerous is to know, in the way Yeshua knows, that they alive, vital and resting in the very womb of a larger awareness.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carary rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."
"Do not say, 'It is morning' and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name."
As you go about your day, choose just one passing person, animal or even tree, and see if you can just view them without making assumptions about them based on your past experiences. What was that experience like?
We are filled with Wonder when we realize that when we move in a world without assumptions, we will also find a life-giving place to rest.
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