In the eighth chapter of Mark is recorded with graphic clearness the feeding of the multitude by Jesus, and his recognition of the fact that not only must mankind be taught about God and His ever present activity, but that their material needs will be met through spiritual understanding.

In the epistle of James we read, "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?" This was likewise the attitude of the comprehending Saviour of the world when he said to his disciples, "I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat." His loving consideration of the people who had followed him, his thoughtfulness in that many had journeyed so far to hear him, should find duplication in the hearts and deeds of his present-day students, as they, too, strive to meet the human need. This is forcibly brought to our attention in the words of Mary Baker Eddy on page 37 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she says, "When will Jesus' professed followers learn to emulate him in all his ways and to imitate his mighty works?"

Through the feeding of the multitude Jesus proved his unflagging faith in ever present supply, and his instant gratitude for and acceptance of that which was at hand. When he asked his disciples how many loaves they had, they told him they had seven. No comment was made by the Master upon the statement, no complaint, no sign of dismay. He accepted the fact that there were seven loaves. Then—he must use what he had. He neither asked for more, nor worried because there were so few. Unhesitatingly he took what he had and proceeded to share it, giving thanks even because he had so much, confidently knowing the omnipresent abundance of good. Indisputably, it was through that attitude of thought the needs of all the people assembled were met. So it was also with the "few small fishes." These, too, he shared, after having blessed them. And after all had satisfied their hunger, there was enough and to spare.

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The Sheltering Wing
August 30, 1924

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