In the Time of Harvest

For the student of Christian Science who is struggling bravely to discern the allness of God in the midst of aggressive attacks of evil, there is a wonderful lesson in the parable told by Jesus as he sat in the ship talking to the multitude upon the shore. He likened the kingdom of heaven to the man who sowed good seed in his field. Then followed the narrative of the enemy coming and sowing tares with the wheat, and of his servants' astonished query as to the origin of the tares. There is the simple answer, "An enemy hath done this," and in reply to their request to be allowed to gather up the tares and destroy them he said: "Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn."

How similar is the experience of the student striving to attain the kingdom of heaven on earth. He has sown good seed in his field, but suddenly he is confronted with an abundant growth of tares (evil beliefs) which threaten to uproot the tender plants of fruitful demonstration. Whence come these tares? It is the old question of the servants. Shall he go and gather them up? Shall he lay hold of his companions in the field and say: "Here are tares. This man's dishonesty is hindering my demonstration of the truth; yonder is a brother who is trying to dominate me; there is one whose pride and self-will will ruin my harvest; I must gather up these noxious beliefs and hold them up to the gaze of the world in order that my field may be clean"?

The Activity of the Christ
September 21, 1918

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