They said to Jesus : "Come, let us pray and fast." Jesus said : "What then is the sin that I have committed, or wherein have I been at fault ? But when the bridegroom leaves the bridal chamber, then let us fast and pray."
At first, like many of Jesus' sayings in the Gospel of Thomas, this was total Greek (or should I say Coptic?) to me. But then I stopped to think about the presumed state of mind in the bridal chamber. And wouldn't it be that you cannot think of anything outside the chamber, that all of your attention is focused on your mate?
At such times the travails of the world outside your room might register, but they are unlikely to distract you from the task at hand. Could that be what God asks of us? That we remain fully conscious of God's presence within us, always aware that we are fully united with our inner divine? If, to remember the issues explored in the two previous posts, people are throwing stones at us, would we not feel far less vulnerable if we were absolutely convinced that we were at one with Divinity?
Which Jesus is. Which is probably why he rejects the disciples' offer to fast and pray: these are techniques for bringing the soul and heart back into godly alignment when we get separated from God and from the path. Separation may bring sin and fault, but as long as we are at One, could there be little need for fasting and praying?
For me it's probably a moot point: I'm still working toward that sense of oneness. But I do like that image of the bridegroom in the bridal chamber, that sense of total absorption; of a constant awareness of the Godness within.