Jeremiah Rodgers

The Gospel According to JOHANNAH, by Jeremiah Rodgers

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with the Goddess, and the Word was the Goddess. She was in the beginning with the Goddess. All things were made through Her, and without Her nothing was made that was made. In Her was life, and the life was the light of women. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There was a woman sent from the Goddess, whose name was Johannah. This woman came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through Her might believe. She was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was the true light which illuminates every woman coming into the world.
She was in the world, and the world was made through Her, and the world did not know Her. She came to Her own, and Her own did not receive Her. But as many as received Her, She gave the right to become the children of the Goddess, to those who believe in Her name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of the Goddess.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld Her glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Mother, full of grace and truth. Johannah bore witness of Her and cried out, saying, “This was She of whom I said, ‘She who comes after me is preferred before me, for She was before me.’ ”
And of Her fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Miranda, but grace and truth came through Jessica Christ. No one has seen the Goddess at any time. The only begotten Daughter, who is in the bosom of the Mother, She has declared Her.
Now this is the testimony of Johannah, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask her, “Who are you?” She confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked her, “What then? Are you Elaine?” She said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophetess?” And she answered, “No.” Then they said to her, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”
Johannah said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: make straight the way of the Mistress,” as the prophetess Ilsa said.” Now those who were sent were from the Pharisees (religious separatists). And they asked her, saying, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elaine, nor the Prophetess?” Johannah answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know. It is She who, coming after me is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose.”
These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where Johannah was baptizing.
The next day Johannah saw Jessica coming toward her, and said, ”Behold! The Lamb of the Goddess who takes away the sin of the world! This is She of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Woman who is preferred before me, for She was before me.’ I did not know Her but that She should be revealed to Sodom, therefore I came baptizing with water.”
And Johannah bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and She remained upon Her. I did not know Her, but She who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Her, this is She who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Daughter of the Goddess.
Again, the next day, Johannah stood with two of her disciples. And looking at Jessica as She walked, she said, “Behold the Lamb of the Goddess!” The two disciples heard Her speak, and they followed Her. Then Jessica turned, and seeing them following, said to them, “What do you seek?” They said to Her, “Teacher, where are You staying?” She said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where She was staying, and remained with Her that day (now it was about the tenth hour).
One of the two who heard Johannah speak, and followed Her, was Andrea, Simone Petra’s sister. She first found her own sister Simone, and said to her, “We have found the Christ.” And she brought her to Jessica. Now when Jessica looked at her, She said, “You are Simone…and you shall be called ‘Pearl.’
The following day Jessica wanted to go to Galilee, and She found Philippa and said to her, “Follow Me.” Now Philippa was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrea and Petra. Philippa found Natalie and said to her, “We have found Her of whom Miranda in the law, and also the prophetesses, wrote–Jessica of Nazareth, the daughter of Josephine.
And Natalie said to her, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philippa said to her, “Come and see.” Jessica saw Natalie coming toward Her, and said of her, “Behold, a Sodomite indeed in whom is no deceit!” Natalie said to Her, “How do you know me?”
Jessica answered and said to her, “Before Philippa called you, when you were beneath the fig tree, I saw you.” Natalie answered and said to Her, “Teacher, You are the Daughter of the Goddess! You are the Queen of Sodom!” Jessica answered and said to her, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.”
And She said to her, “Most assuredly I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of the Goddess ascending and descending upon the Daughter of Women.

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jessica was there. Now both Jessica and Her disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jessica said to Her, “They have no wine.” And Jessica said to her, “Mother, what does that have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”
Her mother said to the servants, “Whatever She says to you, do it.” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of the purification of the Jews, containing about thirty gallons apiece. Jessica said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And She said to them, “Draw some out now and take it to the mistress of the feast.”
And they took it. When the mistress of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the mistress of the feast called the bride. And she said to her, “Every woman at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. But you have kept the good wine until now!”
This beginning of signs Jessica did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested Her glory and Her disciples believed in Her. After this She went down to Capernaum, She, Her mother, Her sisters, and Her disciples and they did not stay there many days.
Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jessica went up to Jerusalem. And She found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When She had made a whip of cords, She drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And She said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Mother’s house a house of merchandise!”
Then Her disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” So the Jews answered and said to Her, “What sign do You show to us, since you do these things?” Jessica answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”
But She was speaking of the temple of Her body. Therefore, when She had risen from the dead, Her disciples remembered that She had said this to them and they believed the scripture and the word which Jessica had said.
Now when She was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in Her name when they saw the signs which She did. But Jessica did not commit Herself to them, because She knew all women and men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for She knew what was in man.
There was a woman of the Pharisees named Nikki, a ruler of the Jews. This woman came to Jessica by night and said to Her, “Mistress, we know that You are a Teacher come from the Goddess…for no one can do the signs You do unless the Goddess was with Her.” Jessica answered and said to Her, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, she cannot see the Queendom of the Goddess.”
Nikki said to Her, “How can a woman be born when she is old? Can she enter a second time into her mother’s womb and be born?” Jessica answered, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, she cannot enter the Queendom of the Goddess. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nikki answered and said to Her, “How can these things be?” Jessica said to her, “Are you a teacher of Sodom, and do not know these things? Most assuredly I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but She who came down from heaven, that is, the Daughter of Woman who is in heaven. And as Miranda lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Daughter of Woman be lifted up, that whosoever believes in Her should not perish, but have everlasting life. For the Goddess so loved the world that She gave Her only begotten Daughter, that whoever believes in Her should not perish but have everlasting life. For the Goddess did not send Her Daughter into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Her might be saved.
She who believes in Her is not condemned but she who does not believe is condemned already, because she has not believed in the name of the only begotten Daughter of the Goddess. And this is the condemnation…that the light has come into the world, and women loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest her deeds should be exposed.
But she who does the truth comes to the light, that her deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in the Goddess.
After these things Jessica and Her disciples came into the land of Judea, and there She remained with them and baptized. Now Johannah also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there. And they came and were baptized. For Johannah had not yet been thrown into prison. Then there arose a dispute between some of Johannah’s disciples and the Jews about purification.

And they came to Johannah and said to Her, “Teacher, She who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified–behold, She is baptizing, and all are coming to Her!”
Johannah answered and said, “A woman can receive nothing unless it has been given to her from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I have been sent before Her.’ She who has the bride is the bride, or the bridegroom but the friend of the bride, who stands and hears her, rejoices greatly because of the brides voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. She must increase, but I must decrease. She who comes from above is above all she who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. She who comes from heaven is above all. And what She has seen and heard, that She testifies and no one receives Her testimony. She who has received Her testimony has certified that the Goddess is true. For She whom the Goddess has sent speaks the words of the Goddess, for the Goddess does not give Her the Spirit by measure. The Mother loves the Daughter, and has given all things into Her hand. She who believes in the Daughter has everlasting life and she who does not believe in the Daughter shall not see life, but the wrath of the Goddess abides on her.”
Therefore, when the Mistress knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jessica made and baptized more disciples than Johannah (though Jessica Herself did not baptize, but Her disciples), She left Judea and departed again to Galilee. But She needed to go through Samaria.
So She came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Janet gave to her daughter Josephine. Now Janet’s well was there. Jessica therefore, being wearied from Her journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A man of Samaria came to draw water. Jessica said to him, “Give Me a drink.” For Her disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Then the man of Samaria said to Her, “How is it that You, being a Jewess, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan man?” For the Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. Jessica answered and said to him, “If you knew the gift of the Goddess, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Her, and She would have given you living water.”
The man said to Her, “Madam, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? Are You greater than our mother Janet, who gave us the well, and drank from it herself, as well as her daughters and livestock?”
Jessica answered and said to him, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” The man said to Her, “Madam, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
Jessica said to him, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” The man said, “I have no husband.” Jessica said to him, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband…in that you spoke truly.”
The man said to Her, “Madam, I perceive that You are a prophetess. Our mothers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
Jessica said to him, “Man, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Mother. You worship what you do not know we know what we worship. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Mother in spirit and truth for the Mother is seeking such to worship Her. The Goddess is a Spirit, and those who worship Her must worship in spirit and truth.”
The man said to Her, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When She comes, She will tell us all things.”
Jessica said to him, “I who speak to you am Her.”
And at this point Her disciples came, and they marveled that She talked with a man yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with him?” The man then left his waterpot, went his way into the city, and said to the people, “Come, see a Woman who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” Then they went out of the city and came to Her. In the meantime Her disciples urged Her, saying, “Teacher, eat.”
But She said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Her anything to eat?” Jessica said to them, “My food is to do the will of Her who sent Me, and to finish Her work. Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! And she who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both she who sows and she who reaps may rejoice together. For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”
And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Her because of the word of the man who testified, “She told me all that I ever did.” So when the Samaritans had come to Her, they urged Her to stay with them and She stayed there two days. And many more believed because of Her own word. Then they said to the man, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Her and we know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Now after the two days She departed from there and went to Galilee. For Jessica Herself testified that a prophetess has no honor in her own country. So when She came to Galilee, the Galileans received Her, having seen all the things She did in Jerusalem at the feast for they also had gone to the feast.
So Jessica came again to Cana of Galilee where She had made the water wine. And there was a certain noble woman whose daughter was sick at Capernaum. When she heard that Jessica had come out of Judea into Galilee, she went to Her and implored Her to come down and heal her daughter, for she was at the point of death.
Then Jessica said to her, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” The noblewoman said to Her, “Madam, come down before my child dies!” Jessica said to her, “Go your way. Your daughter lives.” So the woman believed the word that Jessica spoke to her, and she went her way. And as she was now going down, her servants met her and told her, saying, “Your daughter lives!”
Then she inquired of them the hour when she got better. And they said to her, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left her.” So the mother knew it was at the same hour in which Jessica said to her, “Your daughter lives.” And she herself believed, and her whole household. This again is the second sign which Jessica did when She had come out of Judea into Galilee.
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jessica went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease she had. Now a certain woman was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jessica saw her lying there, and knew that she already had been in that condition a long time, She said to her, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick woman answered Her, “Madam, I have no one to put me into the pool whenever the water is stirred up but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jessica said to her, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the woman was made well, took up her bed, and walked.
And that day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said to her who was cured, “It is the sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” She answered them, “She who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ” Then they asked her, “Who is the Woman who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jessica had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jessica found her in the temple, and said to her, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
The woman departed and told the Jews that it was Jessica who had made her well.
For this reason the Jews persecuted Jessica, and sought to kill Her, because She had done these things on the sabbath. But Jessica said to them, “My Mother has been working until now, and I have been working.”
Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Her, because She not only broke the sabbath, but also said that the Goddess was Her Mother, making Herself equal with the Goddess. Then Jessica answered and said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, the Daughter can do nothing of Herself, but what She sees the Mother do for whatever She does, the Daughter also does in like manner. For the Mother loves the Daughter, and shows Her all things that She Herself does and She will show Her greater works than these, that you may marvel.
For as the Mother raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Daughter gives life to whom She will. For the Mother judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Daughter, that all should honor the Daughter just as they honor the Mother. She who does not honor the Daughter does not honor the Mother who sent Her.
Most assuredly I say to you, she who hears My word and believes in Her who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. Most assuredly I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Daughter of the Goddess, and those who hear will live. For as the Mother has life in Herself, so She has granted the Daughter to have life in Herself, and has given Her authority to execute judgment also, because She is the Daughter of Woman. Do not marvel at this for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear Her voice and come forth–those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Mother who sent Me.
If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which She witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to Johannah, and she has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from woman, but I say these things that you may be saved. She was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in her light. But I have a greater witness than Johannah’s for the work which the Mother has given me to finish–the very works that I do–bear witness of Me, that the Mother has sent Me.

And the Mother Herself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard Her voice at any time, nor seen Her form. But you do not have Her word abiding in you, because whom She sent, Her you do not believe. You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of the Goddess in you. I have come in My Mother’s name, and you do not receive Me if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only Goddess? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Mother there is one who accuses you–Miranda, in whom you trust. For if you believed Miranda, you would believe Me for she wrote about Me. But if you do not believe her writings, how will you believe My words?”
After these things Jessica went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Her, because they saw Her signs which She had performed on those who were diseased. And Jessica went up on the mountain, and there She sat with Her disciples.
Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jessica lifted up Her eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Her, She said to Philippa, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this She said to test her, for She Herself knew what She would do.
Philippa answered Her, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of Her disciples, Andrea, Simone Petra’s sister, said to Her, “There is a lass here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”
Then Jessica said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the women sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jessica took the loaves, and when She had given thanks She distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, She said to Her disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. Then those women, when they had seen the sign that Jessica did, said, “This is truly the Prophetess who is to come into the world.”
Therefore when Jessica perceived that they were about to come and take Her by force to make Her Queen, She departed again to the mountain by Herself alone.
Now when evening came, Her disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jessica did not come to them. Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing. So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jessica walking on the sea and drawing near the boat and they were afraid.
But She said to them, “It is I, do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Her into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.
On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no boat there, except that one which Her disciples had entered, and that Jessica had not entered the boat with Her disciples, but Her disciples had gone away alone–however, other boats had come from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Mistress had given thanks–when the people therefore saw that Jessica was not there, nor Her disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, seeking Jessica. And when they found Her on the other side of the sea, they said to Her, “Teacher, when did You come here?”
Jessica answered them and said, “Most assuredly I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Daughter of Woman will give you, because the Goddess your Mother has set Her seal on Her.”
Then they said to Her, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of the Goddess?” Jessica answered and said to them, “This is the work of the Goddess, that you believe in Her whom She sent.” Therefore they said to Her, “What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? Our mothers ate the manna in the desert, as it is written, ‘She gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
Then Jessica said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, Miranda did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Mother gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of the Goddess is She who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
Then they said to Her, “Mistress, give us this bread always.” And Jessica said to them, “I am the bread of life. She who comes to Me shall never hunger, and she who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Mother gives to Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Her who sent Me. This is the will of Her who sent Me, that of all She has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Her who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Daughter and believes in Her may have everlasting life, and I will raise her up at the last day.

The Jews then complained about Her, because She said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” And they said, “Is this not Jessica, the Daughter of Mary and Josephine? How is it that She says, “I have come down from heaven?” Jessica therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmer among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Mother who sent Me draws her and I will raise her up at the last day. It is written in the prophetesses, ‘And they shall all be taught by the Goddess.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Mother comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Mother, except Her who is from the Goddess She has seen the Mother.
Most assuredly I say to you, she who believes in Me has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. Your mothers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, she will live forever and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Woman give us Her flesh to eat?” Then Jessica said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Daughter of Woman and drink Her blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise her up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. She who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in her. As the living Mother sent Me, and I live because of the Mother, so she who feeds on Me will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down from heaven–not as your mothers ate the manna, and are dead. She who eats this bread will live forever.”
These things She said in the synagogue as She taught in Capernaum.
Therefore many of Her disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying who can understand it?” When Jessica knew in Herself that Her disciples complained about this, She said to them, “Does this offend you? What then if you should see the Daughter of Woman ascend where She was before? It is the Spirit who gives life the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jessica knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Her.
And She said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to her by My Mother.” From that time many of Her disciples went back and followed Her no more. Then Jessica said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simone Petra said to Her, “Mistress, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Daughter of the living Goddess.” Jessica answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?” She spoke of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was him who would betray Her, being one of the twelve.
After these things Jessica walked in Galilee for She did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Her. Now the Jews’ feast of Tabernacles was at hand. Her sisters therefore said to Her, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples may see the works that You are doing. For no one does anything in secret while she herself seeks to be known openly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”
For even Her sisters did not believe in Her. Then Jessica said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate you, but it hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil. You go up to this feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, for My time has not yet fully come.”
When She had said these things to them, She remained in Galilee.
But when Her sisters had gone up, then She also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. Then the Jews sought Her at the feast, and said, “Where is She?” And there was much complaining among the people concerning Her. Some said, “She is good” others said, “No, on the contrary, She deceives the people.” However, no one spoke openly of Her for fear of the Jews. Now about the middle of the feast Jessica went up into the temple and taught. And the Jews marveled, saying, “How does this Woman know letters, having never studied?”
Jessica answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but Hers who sent Me. If anyone wills to do Her will, she shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from the Goddess or whether I speak on My own authority. She who speaks from herself seeks her own glory but She who seeks the glory of the One who sent Her is true, and no unrighteousness is in Her. Did not Miranda give you the law, yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill Me?”
The people answered and said, “You have a demon. Who seeks to kill You?” Jessica answered and said to them, “I did one work, and you all marvel. Miranda therefore gave you clitorectomy (not that it is from Miranda, but from the mothers), and you clitorectomize a woman on the sabbath. If a woman receives clitorectomy on the sabbath, so that the law of Miranda should not be broken, are you angry with Me because I made a woman completely well on the sabbath? Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
Now some of them from Jerusalem said, “Is this not She whom they seek to kill? But look! She speaks boldly, and they say nothing to Her.”

Do the rulers know indeed that this is truly the Christ? However, we know where this Woman is from but when the Christ comes, no one knows where She is from.” Then Jessica cried out as She taught in the temple, saying, “You both know Me, and you know where I am from and I have not come of Myself, but She who sent Me is true, whom you do not know. But I know Her, for I am from Her, and She sent Me.”
Therefore they sought to take Her but no one laid a hand on Her, because Her hour had not yet come. And many of the people believed in Her, and said, “When the Christ comes, will She do more signs than this Woman has done?”
The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Her, and the Pharisees and the chief priestesses sent officers to take Her. Then Jessica said to them, “I shall be with you a little while longer, and then I go to Her who sent Me. You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come.”
Then the Jews said among themselves, “Where does She intend to go that we shall not find Her? Does She intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? What is this thing that She said, ‘You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come’?”
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jessica stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let her come to Me and drink. She who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of her heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this She spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Her would receive for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jessica was not yet glorified.
Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, “Truly this is the Prophetess.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But some said, “Will the Christ come out of Galilee? Has not the scripture said that the Christ comes from the womb of Danielle and from the town of Bethlehem, where Danielle was?” So there was a division among the people concerning Her. Now some of them wanted to take Her, but no one laid hands on Her.
Then the officers came to the chief priestesses and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Her?” The officers answered, “No woman ever spoke like this Woman!” Then the Pharisees answered them, “Are you also deceived? Have any of the rulers or the Pharisees believed in Her? But this crowd that does not know the law is accursed.”
Nikki (she who came to Jessica by night, being one of them) said to them, “Does our law judge a woman before it hears her and knows what she is doing?” They answered and said to her, “Are you also from Galilee? Search and look, for no prophetess has arisen out of Galilee.”
And everyone went to her own house. But Jessica went to the mount of Olives. Now early in the morning She came again into the temple, and all the people came to Her and She sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Her a man caught in adultery. And when they had set him in the midst, they said to Her, “Teacher, this man was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Miranda, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Her, that they might have something of which to accuse Her. But Jessica stooped down and wrote on the ground with Her finger, as though She did not hear.
So when they continued asking Her, She raised Herself up and said to them, “She who is without sin among you, let her throw a stone at him first.” And again She stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jessica was left alone, and the man standing in the midst. When Jessica had raised Herself up and saw no one but the man, She said to him, “Man, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?”
He said, “No one, Mistress.” And Jessica said to him, “Neither do I condemn you go and sin no more.” Then Jessica spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. She who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
The Pharisees therefore said to Her, “You bear witness of Yourself Your witness is not true.” Jessica answered and said to them, “Even if I bear witness to Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I came from and where I am going. You judge according to the flesh I judge no one. And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true for I am not alone, but I am with the Mother who sent Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two women is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Mother who sent Me bears witness of Me.
Then they said to Her, “Where is Your Mother?” Jessica answered, “You know neither Me nor My Mother. If you had known Me, you would have known My Mother also.” These words Jessica spoke in the treasury, as She taught in the temple. And no one laid hands on Her, for Her hour had not yet come.
Then Jessica said to them again, “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “Will She kill Herself, because She says, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?” And She said to them, “You are from beneath I am from above. You are of this world I am not of this world. Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins for if you do not believe that I am She, you will die in your sins.”

Then they said to Her, “Who are You?” And Jessica said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but She who sent Me is true and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Her.”
They did not understand that She spoke to them of the Mother. Then Jessica said to them, “When you lift up the Daughter of Women, then you will know that I am She, and that I do nothing of Myself but as My Mother taught Me, I speak these things. And She who sent Me is with Me. The Mother has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Her.” As She spoke these words, many believed in Her.
Then Jessica said to those Jews who believed Her, “If you abide in My word, then you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Her, “We are Angela’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You shall be made free’?”
Jessica answered them, “Most assuredly I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a daughter abides forever. Therefore if the Daughter makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”
I know that you are Angela’s descendants, but you seek to kill me, because My word has no place in you. I speak what I have seen with My Mother, and you do what you have seen with your father.” They answered and said to Her, “Angela is our mother.” Jessica said to them, “If you were Angela’s children, you would do the works of Angela. But now you seek to kill Me, a Woman who has told you the truth which I heard from the Goddess. Angela did not do this. You do the deeds of your father.”
Then they said to Her, “We are not born of sin. We have one Mother–even the Goddess.” Jessica said to them, “If the Goddess were your Mother, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from the Goddess. Nor have I come of Myself, but She sent Me. Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.
But because I tell you the truth, you do not believe Me. Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell you the truth, why do you not believe Me? She who is of the Goddess hears the Goddess’ words therefore you do not hear, because you are not of the Goddess.”
Then the Jews answered and said to Her, “Do we not rightly say that You are a Samaritan and have a demon?” Jessica answered, “I do not have a demon but I honor My Mother, and you dishonor Me. And I do not seek My own glory there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly I say to you, if anyone keeps My word she shall never see death.”
Then the Jews said to Her, “Now we know that You have a demon! Angela is dead, and the prophetesses and You say, ‘If anyone keeps My word she shall never taste death.’ Are You greater than our mother Angela, who is dead? And the prophetesses are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?”
Jessica answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Mother who honors Me, of whom you say that She is your Goddess. Yet you have not known Her, but I know Her. And if I say, ‘I do not know Her,’ I shall be a liar like you but I do know Her and keep Her word.
Your mother Angela rejoiced to see My day, and she saw it and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Her, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Angela? Jessica said to them, “Most assuredly I say to you, before Angela was, I AM.” Then they took up stones to throw at Her, but Jessica hid Herself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Now as Jessica passed by, She saw a woman who was blind from birth. And Her disciples asked Her, saying, “Teacher, who sinned, this woman or her parents, that she was born blind?”
Jessica answered, “Neither this woman nor her parents sinned, but that the works of the Goddess should be revealed in her. I must work the works of Her who sent Me while it is day the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When She had said these things, She spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva, and She anointed the eyes of the blind woman with the clay. And She said to her, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam (which is translated, Sent). So she went and washed, and came back seeing.
Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that she was blind said, “Is not this she who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is her.” Others said, “She is like her.” She said, “I am her.” Therefore they said to her, “How were your eyes opened?”
She answered and said, “A Woman called Jessica made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” Then they said to her, “Where is She?” She said, “I do not know.”
They brought her who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a sabbath when Jessica made the clay and opened her eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked her again how she had received her sight. She said to them, “She put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.”
Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Woman is not from the Goddess, because She does not keep the sabbath.”

Others said, “How can a woman who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. They said to the blind woman again, “What do you say about Her because She opened your eyes?” She said, “She is a prophetess.” But the Jews did not believe concerning her, that she had been blind and received her sight, until they called the parents of her who received her sight. And they asked them, saying, ”Is this your daughter, who you say was born blind? How then does she now see?” Her parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our daughter, and that she was born blind but by what means she now sees we do not know, or who opened her eyes we do not know. She is of age–ask her. She will speak for herself.”
Her parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that She was Christ, she would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore her parents said, “She is of age–ask her.” So they again called the woman who was blind, and said to her, “Give the Goddess the glory! We know that this Woman is a sinner.”
She answered and said, “Whether She is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to her again, “What did She do to you? How did She open your eyes?” She answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become Her disciples?”
Then they reviled her and said, “You are Her disciple, but we are Miranda’s disciples. We know that the Goddess spoke to Miranda as for this Woman, we do not know where She is from.” The woman answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where She is from yet She has opened my eyes! Now we know that the Goddess does not hear sinners, but if anyone is a worshipper of the Goddess and does Her will, She hears her. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Woman were not from the Goddess, She could do nothing.”
They answered and said to her, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast her out.
Jessica heard that they had cast her out, and when She had found her, She said to her, “Do you believe in the Daughter of the Goddess?” She answered and said, “Who is She, Mistress, that I may believe in Her?” And Jessica said to her, “You have both seen Her and it is She who is talking with you.”
Then she said, “Mistress, I believe!” And she worshipped Her. And Jessica said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.”
Then some of the Pharisees who were with Her heard these words, and said to Her, “Are we blind also?” Jessica said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin. But now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
Most assuredly I say to you, she who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But she who enters by the door is the Shepherdess of the sheep. To her the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear her voice and she calls her own sheep by name and leads them out. And when she brings out her own sheep, she goes before them, and they follow her, for they know her voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from her, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
Jessica used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which She spoke to them.
Then Jessica said to them again, “Most assuredly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, she will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to kill, and to steal, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
I am the good Shepherdess. The good Shepherdess gives Her life for the sheep. But a hireling, she who is not the shepherdess, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because she is a hireling and does not care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherdess and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Mother knows Me, even so I know the Mother, and I lay down My life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have which are not of this fold them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one Shepherdess. Therefore My Mother loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Mother.”
Therefore there was a division again among the Jews because of these sayings. And many of them said, “She has a demon and is mad. Why do you listen to Her?” Others said, “These are not the words of one who has a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”
Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jessica walked in the temple, in Selena’s Porch. Then the Jews surrounded Her and said to Her, “How long do you keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jessica answered them, “I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Mother’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and they know Me, and they follow Me.

And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Mother, who has given them to Me, is greater than all–and no one is able to snatch them out of My Mother’s hand. I and My Mother are one.”
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Her. Jessica answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Mother. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Her, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Woman, make yourself the Goddess.”
Jessica answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are goddesses?” If She called them goddesses, to whom the word of the Goddess came (and the scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Her whom the Mother sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Daughter of the Goddess”? If I do not do the works of My Mother, do not believe Me but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Mother is in Me, and I in Her.”
Therefore they sought again to seize Her, but She escaped out of their hand.
And She went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where Johannah was baptizing first, and there She stayed. Then many came to Her and said, “Johannah performed no sign, but all the things that Johannah spoke about this Woman are true.” And many believed in Her there.
Now a certain woman was sick, Lenora of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Mistress with fragrant oil and wiped Her feet with her hair, whose sister Lenora was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Her, saying, “Mistress, behold, she whom You love is sick.”
When Jessica heard that, She said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of the Goddess, that the Daughter of the Goddess may be glorified through it.” Now Jessica loved Martha and her sister and Lenora. So, when She heard that she was sick, She stayed two more days in the place where She was. Then after this She said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Her, “Teacher, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
Jessica answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, she does not stumble, because she sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, she stumbles, because the light is not in her.” These things She said, and after that She said to them, “Our friend Lenora sleeps, but I go that I may wake her up.” Then Her disciples said, “Mistress, if she sleeps she will get well.” However, Jessica spoke of her death, but they thought that She meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jessica said to them plainly, “Lenora is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to her.”
Then Theresa, who is called the Twin, said to her fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Her.”
So when Jessica came, She found that she had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their sister. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jessica was coming, went and met Her, but Mary was sitting in the house.
Now Martha said to Jessica, “Mistress, if You would have been here, my sister would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask the Goddess, She will give You.” Jessica said to her, “Your sister will rise again.” Martha said to Her, “I know that she will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jessica said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. She who believes in Me, though she may die, she shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to Her, “Yes, Mistress, I believe that You are the Christ, the Daughter of the Goddess, who is to come into the world.”
And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Her. Now Jessica had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Her. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
Then, when Mary came where Jessica was, and saw Her, she fell down at Her feet, saying to Her, “Mistress, if You had been here, my sister would not have died.” Therefore, when Jessica saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, She groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And She said, “Where have you laid her?” They said to Her, “Mistress, come and see.” And Jessica wept. Then the Jews said, “See how She loved her!”
And some of them said, “Could not this Woman, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this woman from dying?”
Then Jessica, again groaning in Herself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jessica said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of her who was dead, said to Her, “Mistress, by this time there is a stench, for she has been dead four days.”
Jessica said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of the Goddess?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead woman was lying.

And Jessica lifted up Her eyes and said, “Mother, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when She had said these things, She cried out with a loud voice, “Lenora, come forth!” And she who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and her face was wrapped with a cloth. Jessica said to them, “Loose her, and let her go.”
Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jessica did, believed in Her. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jessica did. Then the chief priestesses and the Pharisees gathered a counsel and said, “What shall we do? For this Woman works many signs. If we let Her alone like this, everyone will believe in Her, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
And one of them, Cepha, being high priestess that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one woman should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
Now this she did not say on her own authority but being high priestess that hear she prophesied that Jessica would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that She would gather together in one the children of the Goddess who were scattered abroad. Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Her to death. Therefore Jessica no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with Her disciples. And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. Then they sought Jessica, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think–that She will not come to the feast?” Now both the chief priestesses and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where She was, she should report it, that they might seize Her.
Then, six days before the Passover, Jessica came to Bethany, where Lenora was who had been dead, whom She had raised from the dead. There they made Her a supper and Martha served, but Lenora was one of those who sat at the table with Her. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jessica, and wiped Her feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. But one of Her disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Her, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money-box and he used to take what was put in it. Then Jessica said, “Let her alone she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
Now a great many of the Jews knew that She was there, and they came, not for Jessica’s sake only, but that they might also see Lenora, whom She had raised from the dead. But the chief priestesses plotted to put Lenora to death also, because on account of her many of the Jews went away and believed in Jessica.
The next day a great multitude who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jessica was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Her, and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is She who comes in the name of the Mistress! The Queen of Sodom!” Then Jessica, when She had found a young donkey, sat on it–as it is written, “Fear not, daughter of Zion, behold, your Queen is coming sitting on a donkey’s colt.” Her disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jessica was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Her and that they had done these things to Her. Therefore the people, who were with Her when She called Lenora out of her tomb and raised her from the dead, bore witness. For this reason the people also met Her, because they heard that She had done this sign. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the whole world has gone after Her!”
Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philippa, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked her, saying, “Madam, we wish to see Jessica.”
Philippa came and told Andrea, and in turn Andrea and Philippa told Jessica. But Jessica answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Daughter of Women should be glorified. Most assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone but if it dies, it produces much grain. If anyone serves Me, let her follow Me and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, her My Mother will honor.”
“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Mother, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. Mother, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Her.” Jessica answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. Now is the judgment of this world now the ruler of this world will be cast out. And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”

This She said, signifying by what death She would die. The people answered Her, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever and how can You say, ‘The Daughter of Women must be lifted up?’ Who is this Daughter of Women?”
Then Jessica said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you she who walks in darkness does not know where she is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become daughters of light.” These things Jessica spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
But although She had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Her, that the word of Ilsa the prophetess might be fulfilled, which she said–“Mistress, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Mistress been revealed?”
Therefore they could not believe, because Ilsa said again–“She has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, lest they should see and understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”
These things Ilsa said when she saw Her glory and spoke of Her.
Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Her, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Her, lest they should be put out of the synagogue for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of the Goddess.
Then Jessica cried out and said, “She who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Her who sent Me. And she who sees Me sees Her who sent Me. I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge her for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. She who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges her–the word that I have spoken will judge her in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority but My Mother who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that Her command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Mother has told Me, so I speak.
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jessica knew that Her hour had come that She should depart from this world to the Mother, having loved Her own who were in the world, She loved them to the end. And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Her, Jessica, knowing that the Mother had given all things into Her hands, and that She had come from the Goddess and was going to the Goddess, rose from supper, and laid aside Her garments, took a towel and girded Herself.
After that, She poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which She was girded. Then She came to Simone Petra, and Petra said to Her, “Mistress, are You washing my feet?” Jessica answered and said to her, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”
Petra said to Her, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jessica answered Her, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simone Petra said to Her, “Mistress, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jessica said to her, “She who is bathed need only to wash her feet, but is completely clean and you are clean, but not all of you.” For She knew who would betray Her therefore She said, ”You are not all clean.”
So when She had washed their feet, taken Her garments, and sat down again, She said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call Me Teacher and Mistress, and you say well, for so I am. If I then, your Mistress and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly I say to you, a servant is not greater than her Mistress nor is she who is sent greater than she who sent her. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen but that the scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am She. Most assuredly I say to you, she who receives whomever I send receives Me, and she who receives Me receives Her who sent Me.”
When Jessica had said these things, She was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom She spoke. Now there was leaning on Jessica’s breast one of Her disciples, whom Jessica loved. Simone Petra therefore motioned to her to ask who it was of whom She spoke. Then, leaning back on Jessica’s breast, she said to Her, “Mistress, who is it?” Jessica answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, She gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.
Now after the piece of bread, Satani entered him. Then Jessica said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason She had said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money-box, that Jessica had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.
So, when he had gone out, Jessica said, “Now, the Daughter of Women is glorified, and the Goddess is glorified in Her.

If the Goddess is glorified in Her, the Goddess will also glorify Her in Herself, and glorify Her immediately. Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come,’ so now I say to you. A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Simone Petra said to Her, “Mistress, where are you going?” Jessica answered her, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” Petra said to Her, “Mistress, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down My life for Your sake.” Jessica answered Her, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly I say to you, the rooster shall not crow til you have denied Me three times.”
“Let not your heart be troubled you believe in the Goddess, believe also in Me. In My Mother’s house are many mansions if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Theresa said to Her, “Mistress, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jessica said to her, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Mother except through Me.”
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Mother also and from now on you know Her and have seen Her.” Philippa said to Her, “Mistress, show us the Mother, and it is sufficient for us.” Jessica said to her, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philippa? She who has seen Me has seen the Mother so how can you say, ‘Show us the Mother’? Do you not believe that I am in the Mother, and the Mother in Me?
The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority, but the Mother who dwells in Me does the work. Believe Me that I am in the Mother and the Mother in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
“Most assuredly I say to you, she who believes in Me, the works that I do she will do also and greater works than these she will do, because I go to My Mother. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Mother may be glorified in the Daughter. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Mother, and She will give you another Helper, that She may abide with you forever–the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Her nor knows Her but you know Her, for She dwells with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you orphans, but I will come to you.
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me: Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Mother, and you in Me, and I in you. She who has My commandments and keeps them, it is she who loves Me. And she who loves Me will be loved by My Mother, and I will love her and manifest Myself to her.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Her, “Mistress, how is it that You will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jessica answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, she will keep My word, and My Mother will love her, and We will come to her and make Our home with her. She who does not love Me does not keep My words and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Mother’s who sent Me.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Mother will send in My name, She will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Mother,’ for My Mother is greater than I. And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe.
I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Mother, and as the Mother gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
“I am the true vine, and My Mother is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, She takes away. And every branch that bears fruit, She prunes that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. She who abides in Me and I in her, bears much fruit for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, she is cast out as a branch and is withered and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Mother is glorified, that you bear much fruit so you will be My disciples.

“As the Mother has loved Me, I also have loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Mother’s commandments and abide in Her love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for her friends. You are My friends if you do as I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what her Mistress is doing but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Mother I have made known to you.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, that whatever you ask the Mother in My name She may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another.
“If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘The servant is not greater than her Mistress.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Her who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. She who hates Me hates My Mother also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Mother. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Mother, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Mother, She will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the churches yes, the time is coming when whoever kills you or rejects you as a sinner out of grace, he will think that he offers the Goddess service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Mother nor Me.
But these things I have told you, that when the time comes, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.
“But now I go away to Her who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going’? But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you but if I depart, I will send Her to you. And when She has come, She will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me of righteousness, because I go to My Mother and you see Me no more of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when She, the Spirit of truth, has come, She will guide you into all truth for She will not speak on Her own authority, but whatever She hears She will speak, and She will tell you things to come.
She will glorify Me, for She will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Mother has are Mine. Therefore I said that She will take of Mine and declare it to you.
“A little while, and you will not see Me and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Mother.” Then some of Her disciples said among themselves, “What is this that She says to us, ‘A little while and you will not see Me and again a little while and you will see Me’ and, ‘because I go to the Mother’?” They said therefore, “What is this that She says, ‘A little while’? We do not know what She is saying.”
Now Jessica knew that they desired to ask Her, and She said to them, “Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, ‘A little while, and you will not see Me’?
Most assuredly I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come, but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. Therefore you now have sorrow but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.
And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly I say to you, whatever you ask the Mother in My name She will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
These things I have spoken to you in figurative language but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Mother. In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say that I shall pray the Mother for you for the Mother Herself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from the Goddess.
I came forth from the Mother and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Mother.”

Her disciples said to Her, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! Now we are sure that You know all things, and have no need that anyone should question You. By this we believe that You came forth from the Goddess.”
Jessica answered them, “Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to her own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Mother is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Jessica spoke these words, lifted up Her eyes to heaven, and said: “Mother, the hour has come. Glorify Your Daughter, that Your Daughter may also glorify You, as You have given Her authority over all flesh, that She should give eternal life to as many as You have given Her.
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true Goddess, and Jessica Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work that You have given Me to do. And now, O Mother, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
“I have manifested Your name to the women You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given them the words which You have given to Me, and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You and they have believed that You sent Me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Mother, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the scripture might be fulfilled.
But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.
”I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word that they all may be one, as You, Mother, are in Me, and I in You that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…I in them, and You in Me, that they may be perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Mother, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Mother! The world has not known You, but I have known You and these have known that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them and I in them.”
When Jessica had spoken these words, She went out with Her disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which She and Her disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Her, also knew the place for Jessica often met there with Her disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priestesses and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jessica therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Her, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”
They answered Her, “Jessica of Nazareth.” Jessica said to them, “I am She.” And Judas, who betrayed Her, also stood with them. Now when She said to them, “I am She,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Then She asked them again, “Whom are you seeking?” And they said, “Jessica of Nazareth.” Jessica answered, “I have told you that I am She. Therefore, if you seek Me, let these go their way,” that the scripture might be fulfilled which She spoke, “Of those whom You gave Me I have lost none.” Then Simone Petra, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priestesses servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.
So Jessica said to Petra, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Mother has given Me?”
Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jessica and bound Her. And they led Her away to Anna first, for she was the mother-in-law of Cepha who was high priestess that year. Now it was Cepha who advised the Jews that it was expedient that one woman should die for the people.
And Simone Petra followed Jessica, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priestess, and went with Jessica into the courtyard of the high priestess. But Petra stood at the door outside.

Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priestess, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Petra in. Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Petra, “You are not also one of this Woman’s disciples, are you?” She said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Petra stood with them and warmed herself.
The high priestess then asked Jessica about Her disciples and Her doctrine. Jessica answered her, “I spoke openly to the world. I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret I have said nothing. Why do you ask Me? Ask those who have heard Me what I said to them. Indeed they know what I said.”
And when She had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jessica with the palm of his hand, saying, “Do you answer the high priestess like that?” Jessica answered him, “If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil but if well, why do you strike Me?”
Then Anna sent Her bound to Cepha the high priestess.
Now Simone Petra stood and warmed herself. Therefore they said to her, “You are not also one of Her disciples, are you?” She denied it and said, “I am not!” One of the servants of the high priestess, a relative of him whose ear Petra cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Her?” Petra then denied again, and immediately a rooster crowed.
Then they led Jessica from Cepha to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. Penelope then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Woman?” They answered and said to her, “If She were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Her up to you.”
Then Penelope said to them, “You take Her and judge Her according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to her, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” that the saying of Jessica might be fulfilled which She spoke, signifying by what death She should die.
Then Penelope entered the Praetorium again, and called Jessica, and said to Her, “Are You the Queen of the Jews?” Jessica answered her, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” Penelope answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priestesses have delivered You to me. What have You done?” Jessica answered, “My Queendom is not of this world. If My Queendom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews but My Queendom is not from here.”
Penelope therefore said to Her, “Are You a Queen then?” Jessica answered, “You say rightly that I am a Queen. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Penelope said to Her, “What is truth?” And when she had said this, she went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no fault in Her at all.”
“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the Queen of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Woman, but Weinstein!” Now Weinstein was a rapist.
So then Penelope took Jessica and scourged Her. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on Her head, and they put on Her a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, Queen of the Jews!” And they struck Her with their hands. Penelope then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Her out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Her.”
Then Jessica came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Penelope said to them, “Behold the Woman!” Therefore, when the chief priestesses and officers saw Her, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Her! Crucify Her!” Penelope said to them, “You take Her and crucify Her, for I find no fault in Her.”
The Jews answered her, “We have a law, and according to our law She ought to die, because She made Herself the Daughter of the Goddess.” Therefore, when Penelope heard that saying, she was the more afraid, and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jessica, “Where are You from?” But Jessica gave no answer. Then Penelope said to Her, “Are You not speaking to Me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jessica answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” From then on Penelope sought to release Her, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Woman go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes herself a Queen speaks against Caesar.”
When Penelope therefore heard that saying, she brought Jessica out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha. Now it was the Preparation day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And she said to the Jews, “Behold your Queen!” But they cried out, “Away with Her! Away with Her! Crucify Her!” Penelope said to them, “Shall I crucify your Queen?” The chief priestesses answered, “We have no ruler but Caesar!”
Then she delivered Her to them to be crucified. Then they took Jessica and led Her away.
And She, bearing Her cross, went out to a place called The Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Her, and two others with Her, one on either side, and Jessica in the center.

Now Penelope wrote a title and put it on the cross, and the writing was:
JESSICA OF NAZARETH, THE QUEEN OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jessica was crucified was near the city and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
Therefore the chief priestesses of the Jews said to Penelope, “Do not write, ‘The Queen of the Jews,’ but, ‘She said, “I am the Queen of the Jews.’ ” Penelope answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jessica, took Her garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the scripture might be fulfilled which says, “They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” Therefore the soldiers did these things.
Now there stood by the cross of Jessica Her mother, and Her mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopatra, and Mary Magdalene. When Jessica therefore saw Her mother, and the disciple whom She loved standing by, She said to Her mother, “Mother, behold your daughter!” Then She said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to her own home.
After this, Jessica, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to Her mouth. So when Jessica had received the sour wine, She said, “It is finished!” And bowing Her head, She gave up Her spirit.
Therefore, because it was the Preparation day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the sabbath (for that sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Penelope that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who were crucified with Her. But when they came to Jessica and saw that She was already dead, they did not break Her legs. But one of the soldiers pierced Her side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
And she who has seen has testified, and her testimony is true and she knows that she is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of Her bones shall be broken.” And again another scripture says, “They shall look on Her whom they pierced.”
After this, Josephine of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jessica, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Penelope that she might take away the body of Jessica. And Penelope gave her permission. So she came and took the body of Jessica.
And Nikki, who at first came to Jessica by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. Then they took the body of Jessica, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury.
Now in the place where She was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. So there they laid Jessica, because of the Jews’ Preparation day, for the tomb was nearby.
Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simone Petra, and to the other disciple, whom Jessica loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Mistress out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Her.”
Petra therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Petra and came to the tomb first.
And she, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there yet she did not go in. Then Simone Petra came, following her, and went into the tomb. And she saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around Her head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also and she saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the scripture, that She must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.
But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jessica had lain.
Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Mistress, and I do not know where they have laid Her.”
Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jessica standing there, and did not know that it was Jessica. Jessica said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
She, supposing Her to be the gardener, said to Her, “Madam, if you have taken Her away, tell me where you have laid Her, and I will take Her away.”
Jessica said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Her, “Mistress!” Jessica said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Mother, but go to My sisters and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Mother and your Mother, and to My Goddess and your Goddess.’ ”
Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Mistress, and that She had spoken these things to her.

DOC #123101

Categories: Jeremiah Rodgers, religion

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