When the Burden is Light

What is it that makes the human burden heavy? What causes mankind to be sick, sorrowful, poverty-stricken, depressed by care, weighed down by sin? The answer may be summed up in a single word—materiality. Every pang that rends the heart is due to thinking which has a material basis. Every disease that afflicts mankind has the same false foundation. Every sinful, depressed, or poverty-stricken thought arises from the belief that matter is real. Every earthly woe, indeed, is the result of erroneous material thinking. Mrs. Eddy writes on page 112 of "Miscellaneous Writings," "The ages are burdened with material modes;" and she goes on to speak of them as follows: "Hypnotism, microbes, X-rays, and ex-common sense, occupy time and thought; and error, given new opportunities, will improve them."

Christ Jesus knew better than any other that it was material thinking which burdened humanity; but being the great spiritual seer he was, he knew the remedy. Hence he could say to mankind: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ... For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." What was this yoke to which the Master referred? It was spirituality, the very reverse of materiality. Throughout the whole of his ministry the Galilean Prophet preached repentance from erroneous material thinking. He sought continually to turn the thoughts of men to spiritual truth, telling them of God, the Father, and His boundless love, and pointing out that the way of life eternal, where the burden is light, lay in love for God and their fellow men.

Bud and Blossom
May 7, 1932

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