A grapevine was planted
away from its source
where it remains unprotected.
It will be torn out by its roots
Translation: Lynn Bauman in
The Gospel of Thomas: Wisdom of the Twin
The First Response:
From sun and rain cloud heaviness and wild wind,
from the faceless bits of things dead, decaying,
rocks coughed up from the deep,
mashed to become soil,
oxygen molecules and photosynthesis,
and an old leaning arbor,
rusted nails and peeling wood,
from vine to grape,
from grape to wine,
from wine to communion,
soaking bread and lips—
the secret question?
Where does resurrection begin
where does it end?
Journey through Logos:
Pay attention whenever Yeshua speaks of grapevines. You’ll find that he is focusing on community, the broader relationship we share with each other and Reality as such. He seems to be saying here that when a community becomes cut off from its living and organic waters, it, like any organic and living entity will be vulnerable.
If we compare many of our churches to his idea of the lonely grapevine, we can begin to catch the hints of trouble here. So often, we try to create a false world where our particular church or religion has the “right” understanding of God. That puts a community in a place that is cut off, isolated, and the stiffness of their position is the same stiffness of a dying plant. At its root, it is dying, and Yeshua notes it will be ripped out.
Our work, then, becomes inclusion and re-entry into the whole of Reality, something much harder to do within an institution of any kind by the way. Unless the group is made up of people who are able to stand and see beyond the confines of their belief, creeds and dogmas, it will always be a vine alone in the world.
Hokmah’s Symphonic Note:
"I am the thread that runs through all these pearls," and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.
God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.
If you are part of a church community, can you identify the subtle ways that is separates itself out from the Source that is shared by all faiths? How might you work with this isolation and yet stay true to the roots of what you have personally experienced?
Trouble arises when communities, thinking they have the “only” view of reality, become cut off from their shared and abundant Source.
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