Now Is the Time

In an Eastern city centuries ago two men met. One related that he had a servant at home who was ill with paralysis and in great pain. The other said he would go and cure him. But the first replied that he believed the other could cure the servant without waiting to go to him; and on displaying such faith, he was told that his servant was already healed. The story is well known. The one appealed to was Jesus; the other, the centurion; and the healing was instantaneous. The reason Jesus could heal instantly was because of his recognition of the presence of the healing Christ; and, accordingly, we are actually commanded by him to have that same Mind which was reflected in Christ Jesus. This recognition of the Christ also gives us the power to heal, proportionably to our understanding. To begin to obey is not a problem of time.

In the Bible, and in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, there is nothing to indicate the necessity of waiting a certain time before dispelling the belief of disease. In destroying inharmonious conditions through Christian Science, it is exceedingly helpful constantly to recall the procedure of our Way-shower. We cannot think of Jesus saying that a particular disease must "run its course." He knew that the only course open to error is to destroy itself. "If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine Love," writes Mrs. Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 365), "the healing work will be accomplished at one visit, and the disease will vanish into its native nothingness like dew before the morning sunshine." But animal magnetism, so called, would try to persuade every Christian Science practitioner that quick healing is not to be expected. We should banish this suggestion of evil at once.

"Citizens of the world"
May 27, 1922

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