"Feed my sheep"

Three times Jesus asked, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" Three times Peter declared his love for his Master. Twice, in response to each assurance from Peter, Jesus said, "Feed my sheep," as though through love alone could God's supply flow to His own. This same command given to his immediate disciple is for his every follower during all time.

The definition of "sheep" in the Glossary of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 594), is, "Innocence; inoffensiveness; those who follow their leader." These are the conditions of thought and character which the good shepherd would have us tend and feed.

We search the Scriptures and Science and Health that we may apprehend the divine Principle which governed Jesus and inspired his motives and works. We study them that we may understand the life-incentive of our Leader, her spirit and methods in feeding God's flock today. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus taught that purification of sense and self begins with the individual. "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye," he said. In other words, Correct your own vision.

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Correct Thinking
July 23, 1932

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