One of the benefits which come to us through the understanding of Christian Science is the removal of the veil which in former times seemed to be over the Scriptures. A striking illustration of this is seen in regard to the Revelation of St. John. Before the spiritual meaning of this Scripture was unfolded in Science and Health, by Mrs. Eddy, it was seldom discussed or even read by most Christian people, while it was often remarked that no one pretended to understand St. John's vision; but today, through the spiritual interpretation gained in the study and demonstration of Christian Science, it is becoming one of the most helpful books of the Bible.

Some time ago, these words from Revelation arrested the writer's attention: "And I beheld, and lo a black horse: and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine." At first this passage seemed difficult to understand, but closer study and reflection brought out its spiritual signification. The balances which were to measure so much wheat for a penny, and so much barley for a penny, clearly indicated divine justice, but what did the oil and wine signify? In the parable of the good Samaritan, oil was poured on the wounds of him who had fallen among thieves, even as Mary Magdalene, in gratitude, poured oil upon the Master's feet.

Our revered Leader writes in Science and Health (p. 367) of the "oil of gladness," and further defines it as "consecration; charity; gentleness" (p. 592). She also writes of wine as symbolizing the "inspiration of Love" (Ibid., p. 35). Clearly, then, one lesson to be gained from this reference is, that in our efforts to be just, we must not forget to be kind and loving.

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May 6, 1911

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