A Silent Dialogue
With Rev. Bill Comfort (3/13/16)
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Gospel of Thomas, Logion 51
His students asked him, "When does 'rest' for the dead begin, and when will the new cosmos arrive?
Yeshua replied, "What you are looking for is already here. You simply have not recognized it."
Gospel of Thomas, Logion 52
His students said, "Each of Israel's twenty-four prophets spoke about you."
Yeshua said, "You ignore the one living in your presence and talk only about the dead."
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint[a] of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.[b]” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you,[c] but you will not always have me.”