The only Christmas feast that is lasting is to eat the bread...

Boston (Mass.) Times

The only Christmas feast that is lasting is to eat the bread of understanding and to drink the wine of divine inspiration. Whatever action is most conducive of spirituality and goodness is more beneficial, for these are the only possessions over and above that which we already have that can be of real and lasting benefit. There is to each individual a standing invitation to come up higher, and the feast of spiritual things is constantly before us and is to be had without money and without price. Solomon said, "With all thy getting get understanding." It is probably a good thing to have a special day set apart when we may remember the invaluable gift of God, but we shall always remember our blessings and every day will be Christmas by and by. The time will come when we shall all be completely filled with a satisfaction that is infinite and will never need to be replenished. This state, however, can only be reached through the mighty struggle which overcomes carnality and enthrones spirituality. The birth of Jesus was an absolute necessity to the salvation of mortals, because it was essential for "the man Christ Jesus" to prove the divine power and demonstrate what could be done by one who was entirely governed by Spirit. His life was one of perfection. He conquered in every instance, thus presenting to the world the highest human ideal. As a person, therefore, he was and is the only correct example. Following him understandingly from birth to ascension, we are led up to a true conception of ideal being. Mortals through Christian Science understand the mentality of the man Jesus, and this is to them the "second coming," that coming which is "unto salvation," that which constitutes the way whereby we may follow in the footsteps of Jesus and reach our spiritual or heavenly estate even as he reached his.

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February 10, 1912

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