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Sunflower
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May 20 2009, 7:10pm


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As someone who is recently familiar with financial difficultuies, but is now recovered from them (for the most part), (((((((HUGS and BIG LOVE)))))) for you and Uncle Baggins...I can't relate to being out of work though, but will send up smoke signals for both of you!

Luke has long been my favorite gospel. The writer of Luke presents a more human Jesus, he presents the very mortal aspect of the Son of Man. It's only in Luke that Jesus weeps in the Garden of Gethsemene, for example. "And being in a fever He prayed all the more earnestly: and His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground. And there appeared to Him an angel from Heaven, strengthening Him." The Jesus in Luke was someone I could identify the most with.

Perhaps that is because the legends surrounding the mysterious writer of Luke might have a grain of truth in them. Tradition says the writer of Luke was the Greek physician Lucanus, who also got to interview Mary before She died, as well as perhaps John the Apostle. And was supposedly one of those in the room when the Spirit first appeared to the Disciples. Of course this is all not fact, who knows, but I'd like to believe some of it is true.
Or maybe it's just sentimentality. One of my favorite books as a teen, which gave me much comfort then and I have recently rediscovered, is Taylor Caldwell's novel of Lucanus's life, "Dear And Glorious Physician." She had a very florid and melodranatic style, but makes up for it with very moving and powerful passages, some of which even as a seasoned adult move me to tears. She wrote another one called "Great Lion of God" about Paul, but this one about Luke is many people's favorite novel from her.

She presents Luke as the son of Greek slaves, an unusually gifted boy who whose family served in the house of Diodorus Cyranus, a prominent Roman soldier and later general, whose job forced him to confab in the Senate, but he despised the state of Rome and his duties often made him physically ill. He was the virtuous solider of the Old School who decried the vacant and corrupt state into which his beloved Republic had fallen. (this aspect of the novel sailed over my head as a teen but now, reading it, it is incredibly haunting--it is a mirror of the state of America today--there's a scene where Diodorous gives an impassioned speech to the Senate and then rips his tunic, showing them his battle scars, and cries "Let me move your hearts!" Let Rome return to the ideals that once made her great. And seeing no response but snickers, he tells them off as the perfumed, corrupt, fat grasping toads they all are, sucking on the Imperial teat while the populace wallows in misery. Where were you when I was out fighting? Have your sons gone to war? You wouldn't leave the arms of a Syrian whore to save your Republic...(sound familar? How I wish we had a Diodorus in Congress.)
Luke as a child admires his mentor, the slave physician in the Diodorus houseold, an Eastern Mystic named Keptah, who practices medicine with advanced techniqies unknown to the West. He is also a secret Beleiver in the Messiah legend and is presented as a friend of the Wise Men, though he did not see Bethlehem. His response to seeing the Star had me in tears. Lucanus the child was a believer in the Unknown God of the Greeks, and knew something great would happen.
But when his beloved playmate, Diodorus's daughter Rubria, dies of the "white sickness" (leukemia?) at the age of 14, he turns bitter towards God and develops a lifelong passion to practice medicine for free to the poor of the Empire, so that he might snatch God's victims from Him. He becomes famed throughout the empire as a divien messenger of mercy, sent by Apollo, the poor worship him. Some of the most haunting passages of the novel describe Lucanus;s nedical practice and the cases he has of poor slaves, peasants, etc who are cured or healed of dieases, as well as Lucanus's addresses to the Unknown God with Whom he is fighting, how he goes from battling Him to begging Him to be merciful and spare a life. You feel as if you a nurse following him around from bed to bed. (
Caldwell herself was a strange figure; she dabbled in mysticim and she never did too much technical research. )
He likewise takes a vow never to marry. But he later falls in love with a Jewish girl who happened to have met Jesus during the events of the a Passover, when she and He--this was when he was in His 20's, I guess) wee camping out outside Jerusalem in tents, as Jews did at that time for the High Holy Days. She has no idea who He is, He is just a strange young man who finds her weeping for her dead father, and He gives her a drink and silently comforts her.

She tells this to Lucanus and he laughs in scorn. The novel is full of this type of thing. All with no historical basis currently whatsover, but incredibly moving and vivid. Her description of a Roman Orgy in the Palatine Hill, with Lucanus consorting-or not--with the Empres Julia, is unforgettable. The story of how he went from despiser of religion to disciple and Gospel chronicler, as well as her description of Mary, is so beautiful and powerful that you really wish it were true, and over the years I have tried to pretend it is. Anyway, I see different things in it as an adult than as a child, and it has given me almost as much comfort as the real Gospel itself.


(This post was edited by Sunflower on May 20 2009, 7:20pm)

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                Interesting! Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 21 2009, 3:05am
        Another hug. Kimi Send a private message to Kimi May 20 2009, 10:32pm
        Thanks, guys. Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 21 2009, 2:32am
            Watching this video saved me from doing the same thing :-D Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins May 21 2009, 3:25am
        "Go, and do thou in like manner" are a.s. Send a private message to a.s. May 21 2009, 4:19am
        That is so tough. *hug* / GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX May 21 2009, 5:01pm
        Sorry to hear about Uncle Baggins' job. RosieLass Send a private message to RosieLass May 21 2009, 11:03pm
    Speaking of medical lore...Laurie Garrett, here Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower May 20 2009, 6:42pm
        strange as it may seem, antisepsis was not standard a.s. Send a private message to a.s. May 21 2009, 4:40am
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        Gaiman Sunflower Send a private message to Sunflower May 20 2009, 7:30pm
        It's the ending that gets me. (spoiler?) Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Send a private message to Laitholiel_the_SeaElf May 20 2009, 9:30pm
        Just finished The Graveyard Book by Gaiman. Laitholiel_the_SeaElf Send a private message to Laitholiel_the_SeaElf May 20 2009, 9:33pm
    Confessing my secret indulgence. Kimi Send a private message to Kimi May 20 2009, 9:23pm
        it would be a nifty title, though a.s. Send a private message to a.s. May 21 2009, 4:45am
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        Excellent! Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn May 21 2009, 2:00pm
        Aha! GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX May 21 2009, 5:02pm
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