January 4–10, 2021
7. . . Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. . . . For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established;
9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers,Click to open the research content
10asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
12that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
1We want you to know, brethren, about the grace of God which has been shown in the churches of Macedo′nia,Click to open the research content
2for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of liberality on their part.Click to open the research content
3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will,Click to open the research content
5and this, not as we expected, but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
7Now as you excel in everything—in faith, in utterance, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in your love for us—see that you excel in this gracious work also.Click to open the research content
9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
12For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not.
15As it is written, “He who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack.”
The Responsive Reading is from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
16we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love;Click to open the Bibles content
13Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
14for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.Click to open the Bibles content
10All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
16Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Science and Health with Key to the Scripturesby Mary Baker Eddy
God is not moved by the breath of praise to do more than He has already done, nor can the infinite do less than bestow all good, since He is unchanging wisdom and Love.
Love giveth to the least spiritual idea might, immortality, and goodness, which shine through all as the blossom shines through the bud.
2all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.Click to open the Bibles content
3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.Click to open the research content
6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
16And the Lord said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom thou knowest to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with thee.Click to open the research content
17And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone.
25And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
29And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!
19Quench not the Spirit.Click to open the Bibles content
20Despise not prophesyings.
6Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.
Science and Health
Dost thou “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”? This command includes much, even the surrender of all merely material sensation, affection, and worship. This is the El Dorado of Christianity.
The Divine Being must be reflected by man, — else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One “altogether lovely;” but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire.
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Not materially but spiritually we know Him as divine Mind, as Life, Truth, and Love. We shall obey and adore in proportion as we apprehend the divine nature and love Him understandingly, warring no more over the corporeality, but rejoicing in the affluence of our God. Religion will then be of the heart and not of the head. Mankind will no longer be tyrannical and proscriptive from lack of love, — straining out gnats and swallowing camels.
It is sad that the phrase divine service has come so generally to mean public worship instead of daily deeds.
The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good.
The vital part, the heart and soul of Christian Science, is Love.
14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.Click to open the Bibles content
41And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.Click to open the research content
42And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.Click to open the research content
43And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.Click to open the research content
10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.Click to open the Bibles content
Science and Health
Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us.
God is Love. Can we ask Him to be more?
Shall we plead for more at the open fount, which is pouring forth more than we accept? The unspoken desire does bring us nearer the source of all existence and blessedness.
Jesus gave the true idea of being, which results in infinite blessings to mortals.
A false sense of life, substance, and mind hides the divine possibilities, and conceals scientific demonstration.
As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness.
Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.
3Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
35And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.Click to open the research content
14And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.Click to open the research content
15And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.Click to open the research content
16But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
17And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
18He said, Bring them hither to me.
19And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
20And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
21And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Science and Health
In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, — Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.
It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.
The Scriptures say, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” showing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind objects to making this teaching practical.
Our bread, “which cometh down from heaven,” is Truth.
Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually.
In order to apprehend more, we must put into practice what we already know. We must recollect that Truth is demonstrable when understood, and that good is not understood until demonstrated.
Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things.
We must look where we would walk, and we must act as possessing all power from Him in whom we have our being.
1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:Click to open the Bibles content
1Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.
2And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him;
8And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the passover, that we may eat.Click to open the research content
14And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.
15And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:
22And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.Click to open the research content
23And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
26And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
32And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
1And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
25And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
34Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.Click to open the research content
Science and Health
Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error.
That he might liberally pour his dear-bought treasures into empty or sin-filled human storehouses, was the inspiration of Jesus' intense human sacrifice.
When the human element in him struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, be done!” — that is, Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It blesses its enemies, heals the sick, casts out error, raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.
The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined to the use of bread and wine.
If all who seek his commemoration through material symbols will take up the cross, heal the sick, cast out evils, and preach Christ, or Truth, to the poor, — the receptive thought, — they will bring in the millennium.
14Christ shall give thee light.
6Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen;Click to open the research content
9Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
14Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.Click to open the research content
1After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
2There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two other of his disciples.
3Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a-fishing. They say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.
4But when the morning was now come, Jesus stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that it was Jesus.Click to open the research content
5Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye any meat? They answered him, No.
6And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
9As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread.
12Jesus saith unto them, Come and dine. And none of the disciples durst ask him, Who art thou? knowing that it was the Lord.
Science and Health
Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities.
What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples' grief into repentance, — hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side. Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.
This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love.
It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus “the resurrection and the life” to all who follow him in deed. Obeying his precious precepts, — following his demonstration so far as we apprehend it, — we drink of his cup, partake of his bread, are baptized with his purity; and at last we shall rest, sit down with him, in a full understanding of the divine Principle which triumphs over death.
28Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,Click to open the research content Click to open the Bibles content
21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever.
Science and Health
The words of divine Science find their immortality in deeds, for their Principle heals the sick and spiritualizes humanity.
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ's name, and never fear the consequences.
It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness.
© 2020 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Unless otherwise noted, references above are from the Bible (King James Version) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. The design of the Cross and Crown is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Board of Directors and is used by permission. Christian Science Quarterly™ is a trademark owned by The Christian Science Publishing Society.
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