"Go ye ... into the highways"

In the twenty-second chapter of the Gospel of Matthew is given Jesus' parable likening the kingdom of heaven to "a certain king, which made a marriage for his son," who, when those bidden to the wedding feast refused to come, said to his servants, "Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage." As a true servant continuing to spread abroad this generous invitation, the literature issued by The Christian Science Publishing Society and distributed through various channels goes forth "into the highways" of the world. In many languages it bears its message to people of different races and denominations. It speaks to the executive, the laborer, to persons of education or without training. The message announces a feast of spiritual riches, awaiting everyone who cares to heed the invitation.

The experience of one who became a student of Christian Science affords an illustration of how this message reaches those prepared to receive it. A family, in whose home he sometimes visited, occasionally received copies of the Christian Science Sentinel. On one of his visits, when he was idly glancing into one of them, his attention was arrested by a reference to the unreality of matter. He was familiar with the writings of philosophers and teachers of natural science, who had tried to explain the creation of the universe and to account for the origin of things material. As these teachings were mainly formulated on the concept of matter as being real, this reference to matter as being unreal was to him new and rather startling, and he decided to investigate the teachings of Christian Science and find out how it explained the nature of matter.

May 20, 1933

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