"Feed my sheep"

On the shore of the Tiberian Sea, Christ Jesus met his disciples after his resurrection, in the flush of a new dawn, and gave them precious instructions. To Simon Peter he repeated the command, "Feed my sheep."

A tender shepherd leaves the care of his flock only in loving hands. Thus, by way of emphasis, Jesus preceded his command, "Feed my sheep," with the repeated inquiry, "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" Did he not thus indicate that love for the true idea of sonship was the basic qualification demanded for healing the sick, raising the dead, and spreading the gospel in Christ's name?

Love for God and the true idea is likewise necessary for members, as well as the lecturer, in order to make Christian Science lectures successful. Before one can give, he must first have drunk deeply at the well of inspiration. Then, with his cup overflowing with gratitude, he is in a position to share the truth with his fellow men. What is true of individuals is true also of churches. The church, with a fervent desire to share, never finds its supply limited. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, on page 79 of her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," writes, "Giving does not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich us." The lecturer, thus supported by the members, renders his service in distributing spiritual food to the hungry.

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October 3, 1936

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