According to St. Mark, Jesus gave the reason for this command to watch in these words, "For ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cock crowing, or in the morning: lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping." Elsewhere Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you alway," and if Christ be thus ever-present how can we watch for his coming? The very placing of these texts in juxtaposition at once shows us that this "master of the house" is neither material nor personal, but rather Truth, the Comforter, the "I am;" that Truth, although ever-present, yet "cometh" (is revealed) to the individual thought in the measure that thought is prepared to receive it.

Watching, then, must be a continuous state of resistance to all evil, and loving welcome to all that is good. In the even of rest and security, we watch that peace may not give place to the mists of indolence. In the midnight of wrestling with a sense of bodily or mental suffering, we watch against discouragement and faith's denial. At the cockcrowing, when some new hope startles with its jubilant call old habits of sleep and dreams, we watch against pride and self-complacency. In the glowing morning of "revelation and progress" (Science and Health, p. 591) we watch against the seductive notes of ease, the myriad claims of animal magnetism. Our Lord cometh! omnipresent good penetrates gradually the human consciousness and seeks to bring "into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

April 24, 1909

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