Sabbath Devotionals
Lectio Divina: The Gospel of Thomas 76
Read, Meditate, Pray, and Contemplate
The Gospel of Thomas 76
These are the hidden words that the living Jesus spoke,
and that Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down
.

Jesus said:
The Kingdom of the Father is like a merchant with goods to sell who found a pearl.
The merchant was thoughtful. He sold the merchandise
and bought himself the pearl.  
You too should seek for long-lasting treasures that do not decay,
where moths do not come to eat them or grubs to destroy them.

Directions (for an online class)

(A) Listening for the Gentle Touch of Christ the Word
1. The Leader types the new passage of The Gospel of Thomas as others are
attentive to some segment that is especially meaningful to them.

2. Silence for 1-2 minutes. Each hears and silently repeats a word or phrase that
attracts.

3. Sharing: [A word or phrase that has attracted each person]. A simple statement
of one or a few words. No elaboration. Leader types first then on down the list.

(B) How Christ the Word speaks to ME
4.  Silently read the same passage again.

5. Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “Where does the content of this reading touch
my life today?”

6. Sharing: Briefly: “I hear, I see...” Leader types first.

(C) What Christ the Word Invites me to DO
7. Third reading of the same passage again.

8. Silence for 2-3 minutes. Reflect on “I believe that God wants me to ?  today/this
week.” Leader types first.

9. Sharing: at somewhat greater length the results of each one's reflection. Leader
first.

Note: Anyone may “pass” at any time. If instead of sharing with the group you
prefer not to participate, simply type, “pass.”

T he books I’ll be using are: The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated and Explained.
Translation and Annotation by Steven Davies.

The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus  Inner Traditions;
Bear & Company. Kindle Edition. by Jean-Yves Leloup

Illuminating the Mystery: Photographic Reflections on the Gospel of Thomas
by Diane Walker; Blurb Publishing

First two are available at
Amazon.com
SAYINGS JOURNAL
1. Lucy types 76: Jesus said: The Kingdom of the Father is like a merchant with
goods to sell who found a pearl. The merchant was thoughtful. He sold the
merchandise and bought himself the pearl.  
You too should seek for long-lasting treasures that do not decay,
where moths do not come to eat them or grubs to destroy them.
4, 5, 6 I hear Jesus saying that the Father's Kingdom is a long lasting treasure.

7, 8, 9 I believe God wants me to let go of the corruptible physical treasures of the
world and collect the permanent treasures of his Kingdom.
2-3 long lasting treasures
Love and light,

Lucy
Archives
Gospel of Thomas
Davies says: Unless we are familiar with the canonical sayings, we would not automatically assume that the
long-lasting treasures that do not decay, mentioned in saying 76b, are supernatural heavenly treasures.
That would be one interpretation, but it would not be the only possible one. For example, precious metals
would meet the criteria stated in 76b. So, significantly, would pearls, and that fact may have led to the
combination of two separate sayings into one saying.
 (huh?)
Stevan L. Davies. The Gospel of Thomas: Annotated & Explained (Kindle Locations 977-980). Kindle
Edition.

Leloup says: In many gnostic texts (see the Gospel of Philip), the pearl is used as a symbol of the Self or
uncreated Being. This may derive from Iranian gnostic teachings, for the Persian word gowhar means both
“precious stone” and “quintessence.” One of the pearl’s characteristics is that it is filled with light but also
reflects it. In the beginning, in Paradise, a human being was a pearl, filled with light inside and outside.
Thus the pearl also signifies the state of grace to which we can return through love and gnosis. Even
legends of the miracles of the saints attest to the transformation of bodily matter into a pearl. To rediscover
our own pearl, we must know how to let go of all that is superficial and nonessential. Again, it is a question
of abandoning our calculating, bargaining tendencies, for the tiny and insignificant thing that we have been
ignoring may turn out to be the real treasure.
Leloup, Jean-Yves (2005-02-16). The Gospel of Thomas: The Gnostic Wisdom of Jesus (Kindle Locations
2566-2569). Inner Traditions Bear & Company. Kindle Edition.

Walker says:
 
Ah, my love--
can you not see?
It is not the pearl
or even the finding that matters.
Listen for the treasure within:
hearken to the gentle undulations
swaying like seaweed
on the floor of your heart.

Illumiinating the Mystery: Photographic Reflections on the Gospel of Thomas.; page 155