A careful study of the life of Jesus reveals him as the most compassionate man in universal history. Not only did he do great and mighty things, but he was constantly doing merely kind things; for he knew, better than any other, how great in this world is need of kindness.

We read in the sixth chapter of Mark that when Jesus looked upon the multitude he was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; and in the beautiful parable of the good Samaritan, he tells the story of one who fell among thieves, and of the Samaritan's compassion. It is worthy of note that Jesus did not merely say that the Samaritan had compassion, but he gave in beautiful, simple words the externalized result of that compassion,—the wounds bound up, the injured one put upon the Samaritan's own beast, and carried to an inn, and taken care of. In this parable Jesus points out a great truth,—that compassion and love must have active expression. Mrs. Eddy states this truth in clear, concise words on page 250 of "Miscellaneous Writings" when she says, "Love cannot be a mere abstraction, or goodness without activity and power."

October 18, 1924

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