The Master-Teacher favored the use of parabolic analogies. He called them parables and he would often conclude his lessons with a special phrase addressed to “He who has ears to hear.” When we employ this teaching technique, when we say “think about it,” we know that you have as much chance of avoiding the central point as a coin rolling around the center of a funnel. Like the parabolic mirror of a telescope or the concentrator used as a satellite dish, each Parable of Jesus has a directing arc as well as a focus.
Jesus is the light of the world. The light analogy is a serviceable one for our purposes. Let’s start with love’s pure light. God relates to us just as Jesus illuminated the way of salvation. And we are admonished to relate to one another in this same light. Does the light of love have component parts?
Let’s return our attention again to the physical world of our case study. On Earth the painter, printer, photographer and videographer attempt to depict truth through their work with a factual knowledge of the primary colors as they apply to both refraction and reflection. The names of these primaries and the rules are different depending upon whether you are adding components of light together or whether you are selectively subtracting them from what would be termed whole light. In either case the goal is to produce or reproduce a true representation of some objective reality or the artists imagination, which hopefully foreshadows a higher reality in accordance with the high mission of art. Concurrent objectives would include producing something beautiful or, what is termed, a good work.
Ultimately the quality of the work depends more on the quality of the light on the artist’s canvas than it does the suitability of the inks, dyes, paints, phosphors and crystals. Like the relationship between the motive and the act, no amount of tinkering with the spectral rendition of the latter will effectively compensate for the impurities of the former. And, the quality of each is measurable.
Since Jesus worked with wood, we’ll fold in a carpentry analogy or two. In the interest of sound construction a carpenter must also have good light and always make sure that things fit together in a way that is plumb and true. In fact, the carpenter spends most of his time on insuring accuracy and proper alignment. “Measure twice, cut once” is the carpenter’s credo. The guide in this case is a rule, the accuracy of which is essential. The carpenter’s square, level and the chalk line are also used to insure that alignment is “true.”
The carpenter has some important reference within the larger creation and uses visual clues to “true up” or align his own creation with that larger truth, all in accordance with a plan. Only then can the craftsman create a thing of beauty that provides good and faithful service. To anyone building a life, the same principles apply.
For the musicians among you, we will consider Jesus in the role of first violin. The musician must also be concerned with performance true to the score. And, in order to work in a harmonious way with the other musicians, the musical instrument must be tuned or aligned with concert pitch, on earth this is known as A-440. The first violin provides the truth for the orchestra, or what’s also known as the reference standard.
The musician must work with the component parts of sound to build a soul satisfying connection with the audience. The individual notes that comprise the chord are not unlike the color combinations used by the visual artist, and like the latter the overall effect on any good work will be consonant, dissonant, diminished, augmented and ultimately balanced in ways that are pleasing to the listener. Without taking the time to tune however, the individual musician cannot contribute much to the creation of beauty or give what would be termed a good performance.
What the true Lover, Painter, Carpenter and Musician have in common is high motivation. Through their commitment to the high mission of art, they foreshadow a higher reality. When Jesus said “Love one another as I have loved you” he was underscoring the fact that his life was lived in accordance with an overarching commitment to that which is true, beautiful and good.
The act, in accordance with the Golden Rule yields good habits, the conditioning we have been seeking. The Divine Son who admonished us to love as he loved had redefined and upgraded this rule. For his love has always been in accordance with the highest concepts of Truth, Beauty and Goodness comprehensible by us. While it is true that the prophets who walked before him always taught in accordance with the light of their day, Jesus is the whole light, the rule, the standard reference, the first violin, A-440, the Truth.
Excerpt from Gabriel versus Lucifer