True Substance

ON a certain occasion when avarice and greed seemed to be manifest, when many seemed to be grasping and striving to gain personal ends at the expense of others, an observer was reminded of Jesus' comment as he wept over Jerusalem, "O Jerusalem, ... how often would I have gathered thy children together, ... and ye would not!"

As we realize the abundance of the spiritual substance of good, which is ever present, open to all alike, unlimited and eternal, we may well marvel when we see humanity striving and elbowing for that which at best is but temporal and fleeting, when the understanding of true substance which is gained through the study of Christian Science, its recognition and utilization, would bring peace, quiet, and enduring substance to all. Striving to grasp the temporal is as a child's reaching for bubbles only to see them collapse at his touch. The acquisition of understanding reveals true substance as permanent, lasting.

In Christian Science it is the demonstration of unlimited divine substance which one is endeavoring to prove, and this sincere motive and effort takes care of the human need. Jesus did not lay up large stores of this world's goods; yet he never lacked any needful thing and was able to prove the substance of eternal life. Which is the more desirable, the accumulation of so-called material wealth, which may disappear overnight, or the attainment of the spiritual understanding of true substance, through which every legitimate need will be met without fear or anxiety? Truly, "Ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance."

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January 5, 1935

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