From the dubious gospel of Thomas…
Having recently had to unfriend another rather prickly, rude religious type on Facebook – someone who belonged to what Henson would style “the strict sect” – reading this one made me laugh out loud (I can’t believe I just spelled that out).
It’s actually saying 45. The more literal rendering sounds like a reading right out of our New Testament:
Jesus said, “Grapes are not harvested from thorn trees, nor are figs gathered from thistles, for they yield no fruit. Good persons produce good from what they’ve stored up; bad persons produce evil from the wickedness they’ve stored up in their hearts, and say evil things. For from the overflow of the heart they produce evil.”
So perhaps today’s doubtful wisdom is not as much from Thomas, but from Christ channeled afresh by Henson’s translation (which I imagine makes it much less doubtful).
Amazing how we can persist in trying to find the fruit of meaningful dialogue and exchange from prickly personalities when all we keep coming up with are more pricks than perception.
We can be such slow learners.
And what a wonderful metaphor to use in seeing the truth of Jesus’ statement about “good people producing good from what’s stored up in them.” A cupboard. Each of us has a cupboard inside us; each of us is a cupboard, really. Some of us bring good things out of our cupboard, some of us nasty things (suddenly seeing the kitchen cupboards filled with creepy crawlys in Lemony Snicket).
And the indicator showing the difference:
How we speak of one another.
Who said good things aren’t prickly…