Tom decides he might stay

Made it back to Magdala before sunset – just.  Jesus didn’t seem too pleased to see me, especially as I was no longer with Peter, but was even less pleased when I said I was leaving and completely distraught at the news of John, if it was true.

Thomas, Sunday July 30

Cyrus turned up a bit later with another pile of tat to sell, and he confirmed the John story.  Jesus went off to be alone so Cyrus and I chatted for a while.  He kept telling me how much Jesus depended on me and how it would be a waste to throw away everything I had put into the mission.  If anything he’s more persuasive than Jesus.  I still intend to leave in the morning, but Cyrus has persuaded me to say goodbye properly and leave on friendly terms.  I suppose I owe Jesus that much.