Though often reminded, we are apt to forget that the present moment is the only time we really possess; it is the only time that is really in our keeping. "Now," the apostle Paul declared, "is the accepted time: behold, now is the day of salvation." Every overcoming of evil with good marks the birth of the Christ-child in the mind of him who overcomes the animal instinct of retaliation.

Every moment that we think good thoughts is bringing us into at-one-ment with the divine Mind, into communion with God; and this communion should be continuous. Every day, indeed every hour, is judgment-day. Jesus said that for every idle word we speak we must give an account; for every wrong thought we must pay the penalty; therefore the command, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." When Christ Jesus judged the sinful woman she was healed, she was free. "He that is without sin among you," said the Christ to her accusers, "let him first cast a stone at her." Every thought of criticism or condemnation strikes back at the offender. On page 91 of her "Messages to The Mother Church," our Leader reminds us that we must "square accounts with each passing hour."

As the light of Truth comes to dispel the darkness, so the resurrection thought bursts upon the human understanding and floods us with the light which enables us to see man as the perfect image and likeness of God. This idea of the risen Christ is always with us, and is redolent with the life, hope, and activity of the divine Principle of being, and this light shines clearest when we are enabled to rise above the mortal sense and conquer hate with love, replace sickness with health, sorrow with joy, resentment with forgiveness.

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