"The kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field." So spake Jesus when he was endeavoring to bring to the world the understanding of the supreme value of all that is spiritual. It has long been recognized that humanity is constantly searching for what it considers desirable. Indeed, all men are laboring incessantly in one way or another to obtain what they believe they need or desire. Then how important that their desires shall be right, in order that their efforts shall not be mere fruitless chasings of the will-o'-the-wisps of materiality.

It is only as men throw their entire weight into the scale with spirituality,—indeed, it is only as they find there is no opposing balance,—that they will work in the way which will insure their entrance into heaven. The unsatisfying human cravings, which have brought little else than torture and torment, have all been material in nature. Because they started in the belief of good in matter, they necessarily ended in the belief of evil in matter; for all materiality is under the law of sin and death (destruction).

While the prophets and Christ Jesus continually proclaimed this truth to the people, the world has been and is still very slow to relinquish its pursuit of what is at the most but transitory treasure even to the human sense of things. The stanza of Calderon which Mrs. Eddy quotes in her book,

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Among the Churches
August 30, 1919

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