Our Daily Task

The beautiful simplicity of Jesus' healing work, as reported in the Bible, makes every Christian Scientist long to be more like him, and to be able to apply the healing balm as did the Master. We know that from early childhood Jesus was always about his Father's business; and in reading the account of his brief sojourn on earth, we realize that his daily living and daily thinking along the straight line of spiritual inspiration and exaltation made it simple and natural for him to heal instantaneously. It is, then, through daily right living and daily right thinking that the Christian Scientist grows to be a clear channel for Truth, so that he too can heal the sick, even if not always as readily as did the Master.

In the fifth chapter of Luke we read: "And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him." According to history the lepers were compelled to call out "Unclean, unclean," as they went on their way, giving warning of their approach, so that the passer-by might avoid all possibility of contact with them. Yet the Bible tells us that in this case Jesus "put forth his hand, and touched him," breaking whatever false law held the sufferer in bondage, the healing being accomplished even as he spoke the words, "Be thou clean."

Not only at that moment, but through each hour of his life, the Master had been seeing not afflicted and diseased mortal man, but the perfect child of God; and this constant spiritual vision made it a simple problem for him to heal the leper instantaneously. No fear, no acceptance of sense-evidence; only great love and compassion, ever ready to heal and save!

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November 10, 1928

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