Recently I had occasion to look up the definition of "eyes" and "ears" in the Glossary of our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where Mrs. Eddy defines them as follows (pp. 586, 585): "Eyes. Spiritual discernment,—not material but mental;" and, "Ears. Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding." And in studying the eighth chapter of Mark, to which our beloved Leader refers in connection with these definitions, the understanding of Jesus' teaching on the question of substance became very much clearer.

Jesus was in a ship departing to the other side of the lake, and the disciples, having "forgotten to take bread," had but one loaf. He charged them to "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees,"—"corporeal and sensuous belief" (Science and Health, p. 592). Then they "reasoned among themselves," wondering if he said this because they had no bread. Jesus said, "Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?" He then questioned them about the feeding of the five thousand and the four thousand, and how many baskets full were left; and then came the question, "How is it that ye do not understand?" With parable and explanation, as well as overwhelming proof, he had tried to make clear to the disciples that substance is purely spiritual; that supply is neither in nor of matter, nor dependent on material conditions; but they lacked the spiritual understanding and discernment to understand.

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