The Currents of Spirituality

The majestic beauty of the life of Jesus of Nazareth is a glowing illustration of the effect of the "calm, strong currents of true spirituality," of which Mrs. Eddy speaks in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 99). His steadfast adherence to the truth of man's unity with the Father, his refusal to recognize any intelligence apart from divine Being, his boundless love and compassion,—these not only kept him immune from the "currents of human nature," which, Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 212), "rush in against the right course," but gave him power to arrest those currents and destroy the suggestions which gave them a spurious activity.

In the story of the raising of the widow's son at Nain, we have a graphic picture of this. The sorrowful procession, the beliefs of loneliness and separation manifested by the mother, the sense of hopelessness, the bowing to the inevitable! All these were, to Jesus, an appeal for healing; and as the procession approached, he spoke with tender courtesy to the woman, saying, "Weep not." Then he touched the bier. His spiritual sense of Life overcame the belief of death, the current of false thinking having been arrested, the released sense of the young man responded to the command, "Arise." What a change suddenly came over the picture! As the cavalcade moved back into the city, all must have been struck with the sense of life and joy manifested by those who before had been expressing sheer wretchedness.

A Parallel
August 18, 1923

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