posted on Mar, 31 2008 @ 12:13 AM
A discussion on another thread reminded me of Christ's puzzling words to Mary Magdalene after she had recognised him in the "gardener" and rushed
(understandably so) towards him to effusively hug him (or something like that):
“Don't hold on to me! I have not yet gone to the Father."
(In Latin, the words "hold on" clearly mean 'don't touch
me'. I am not familiar with the original wording - not yet, anyway.)
Why didn't he want her to touch him?
Modern readers would tend to assume that there is a "spiritual" (only) meaning to them.
But there was another instance when a physical action/object appeared to be directly relevant to Christ's actions: when a woman, desperate to be
healed, touched his robe from behind. Apparently, he "felt" it, and asked who had touched his robe.
So perhaps there was something to the robe
I feel silly for asking such a seemingly naive question, but the usual "symbolic", "allegoric", metaphoric" and what-not explanation simply
doesn't sound satisfying in this case.
If anyone has thoughts on this (and I am sure that is the case
), I'd be glad to read them.