The Good NewsHello my spiritual friend, as we fast approach the end of another year, as in the past few, I have tasked you to summarize what it is that you have garnered from the year’s blogs, writings, ect. This shall be no different, with one exception; this shall be a focus of our state of being.As we tally up all of them at once, we have garnered quite a bit to be placed within our satchel, much like the traveler sports as he makes his way to the ‘Chamber of Confessions.’This current issue is the classic tale of the Good Samaritan, which is expounded upon by Francisco de Osuna, a 14th century Spanish Franciscan. This segment comes from his “Third Spiritual Alphabet, Ch. 5, of the first treatise, of the third volume. I have recently translated this work and I am in the midst of perusing it. This is a very rough translation in its present condition, but I felt it is in keeping with the season and our year’s journey together. I have some footnotes to the text to help facilitate the understanding, please forgive the errors in grammar, syntax ECT.
The good news is that love which is included in the commandment of having love for others when God says: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Here there is no instruction for how a man loves himself, but more of presupposing something, as being of their own, because it is a natural thing for a man to love his happiness, and as such, this must be the love we have for our fellow human beings. For just as we love ourselves for the bliss: that all naturally want, and to this same end, we are to love each other.
Now turning to the purpose, reason has a love of itself for its bliss, and it wants to please God, thus, it must also love the sensuality and all its movements for this blessedness, which it makes when it suffers in patience. That is, suffering insults such as those who suffered martyrdom, and with so much love and strength as the gentleman suffering a martyr’s death blows, has cause for a victory. This is because, says a saint, chastity in a youth is so much more than the martyr under the sword, for it is continuously more hazardous. So then, my brother, love these slayers, tormenting and evil neighbors of yours who are the appetites and carnal temptations, for they are terrible, just as Stephen loved those who were stoning him. Make them the objective of the sentence as he was doing for the others, saying: “Oh Lord my God! Do not lay this sin to them, for they do not know what they do, for they lack reason, which only looks for you and wants.” (Acts 7:60)
These two close friends, who are sensitivity and reason, are contained within the man who went from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of thieves who wounded him, leaving him almost dead, and a Samaritan passed around him, who, according to the Lord, was his true neighbor, which brought him unto a beast of burden, he bound his wounds and poured over them wine and oil, and mandated him to the care of an innkeeper (Luke 10.33-5).
This man is the figure of the sensitive nature, which, leaving the peace and quiet that it sometimes has, descends from that perfection and sleep where he was made almost spiritual, and descends to Jericho, this is the mutability of the state, because it, Jericho, means ‘alterable moon’. Not just falls, but falls into the hands of the demons which are overly incited and provoked to greater evil, bloating bad habits and dreadful qualities, causing sores upon it, and leaving him almost dead.
This is not because the demons are tempting the man more, but only until they see the same bad habit is enough to remove him from the hope of making a living in a safe place, that this is now that the man itself is most culpable and follows evil. Now He says almost half-dead, that is because the demons cannot entirely deprive the man the freedom to get out of sin, if he so wished, while he is on the road, which is this present life. Now the time has come for the Samaritan, who was the neighbor, which has been shown to be ‘reason’, and that he has come to his aid, that is, even during the major anxieties of temptations, for reason never abandons us.
In this interpretation, we have concluded the Samaritan intends to save, for he is the guard, and his purpose is to watch-over, solicitously, the sensual nature. Moreover, this is why he went through there, because reason was not traveling with the sensual nature; therefore, it did not consent, which will, many times, cause sensuality numerous insults. Thus, reason, they say, passes through there when the liars and temptations causes fatigue in his sensuality. This in turn causes reason to set the sensitive nature onto its beast of burden, when attached to his bodily flesh, while it ushers its sensitive nature down the path of this life. Thus he, reason, pours the ‘oil of mercy’ and expressing compassion for these evils, which are the trials that caused the sores, yet while also applying the wine of penance, it readily nips him, causing him to perform acts of penance. However, seeing that this is not enough because, he, as the Wiseman says: “And knowing that I could not, otherwise, posses her, except God gave it- and this too was prudence, to know whose gift it is.” (Wisdom 8:21) It is reason, who brings the injured to the innkeeper, who is Christ, offering its understanding and willingness on meditation and love, promising that if He heals it from the evils that has engaged him, by taking the medicine from the drugstore, putting them onto his wounds, he will respond with much greater services than before the temptation. (The End)
This is a striking interpretation of this text, though not far removed from mainstream understanding. These same issues, continually plague humanity and our sojourner as he makes his pilgrimage to the “Chamber of Confessions” My hope and intent of this scenario is that you may see something which may either enlighten you or may help you to recognize what it is assaults us so often. Peace, Bro Smith SGSHttp://Revelationinsight.tripod.com