Chief among those gems of thought known as the Beatitudes, is this saying of the Master, "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." Teachers in Christian Science Sunday Schools may well rejoice at the opportunity given them to lift the thought of their pupils to the spiritual sense of being, found in the opening of the Sermon on the Mount, where the law and the gospel are so wonderfully linked together by Christ Jesus, showing that obedience to the Commandments is only possible where spiritual sense dominates material belief, and where God is known and loved.

The word pure is thus defined in the Standard Dictionary: "Free from mixture or contact with that which weakens, impairs, or pollutes; free from adulteration; unvitiated; unmixed; clear; clean; hence, genuine; sincere; stainless; free from moral defilement; guiltless; innocent; chaste; unsullied." Of old, St. Paul said to young Timothy, "Keep thyself pure;" and Mrs. Eddy says, "It is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science" (Science and Health, p. 272). The necessity for purity has been recognized to some extent in all religious teaching, but unfortunately it has in too many instances been shorn of its true meaning and value by material sense. Against this false sense Christ Jesus contended when he said: "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." The Pharisees had complained that Jesus and his disciples neglected the ceremonial washing before meals; hence this sharp rebuke.

June 12, 1909

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