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."

Christian Science sets before us a very high ideal, and we are indeed grateful to our dear Leader for the wise and loving counsel and guidance which come to us in Science and Health, and in the Christian Science periodicals, to help us detect the more subtle forms of error, and enable us to "follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony" (Science and Health, Pref., p. vii.).

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January 22, 1910

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