LOVE UPLIFTED

One evening, as I sat quietly pondering on the subject of human personality, a beautiful incident recorded in the twentieth chapter of St. John's Gospel came to my thought. We read that with the dawning of the resurrection morn Mary, sad at heart, stood by the sepulcher in the garden, weeping for the Master whom she had lost, as it then seemed. Then we are told that one whom she supposed to be the gardener called her by her name, and as she turned to him she was filled with the sense of a great love, and a joyful cry of recognition rose to her lips. But Jesus, with what seemed a gentle rebuke, said to her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."

It seemed to me that when, in the Christ-understanding, we go to the Father, our sense of love will be so purified and uplifted that our personal affections will no longer hinder or harm our brothers, but we shall hold each true selfhood dear as God's own child. With hearts filled with gratitude and love to God, we shall rise daily to a higher sense of affection, and so learn to obey the command of Christ Jesus, "That ye love one another, as I have loved you."

January 22, 1910
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