O Thou single source of truth and wisdom, who hast taught us that we shall be lamps
unto ourselves and islands of refuge unto ourselves, let us ascend up to the supreme light
as if on the chariot of truth, bring us over all gulfs and abysses, bear us upward out of
gorges and valleys; become to us a harbor of liberation so that we may repose in the arms
of life everlasting.
The lesson is taken from the Great Book of the Mandaeans:
From the place of light have I gone forth, from thee, bright habitation. An angel from the
house of life accompanied me, who held a staff of living water in his hand which was full
of leaves of an excellent kind. He offered me of its leaves, and prayers and sacraments
sprang from it. Again he offered me of them, and he turned upwards mine eyes so that I
beheld my Father and knew him. As I beheld and knew my Father, I addressed three requests
to him. I asked him for mildness in which there is no rebellion. I asked him for a strong
heart to bear both great and small. I asked him for smooth paths to ascend and behold the
place of light.
The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Philip:
There are two trees in paradise. The one produces beasts; the other produces man. Adam ate from the tree which produced beasts, and becoming a beast he begat beasts. God created man and man created god. So it is in the world. Men make gods and they worship their creations. It would be fitting for the gods to worship men.
A Homily for the Fourth Sunday After Easter
presented by the Most Reverend Stephan A. Hoeller, bishop of the Ecclesia Gnostic