"A little leaven"

"The kingdom of heaven," said Jesus, "is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened." This parable contains a promise which we in this age particularly need to remember.

Much is being said today to discourage young people who are starting out in life. Sometimes they are made to feel that high ideals are impracticable. World peace still seems a distant goal. Governments often seem to be corrupt, in the hands of those who are motivated by desire for personal power or greed. Success frequently seems to be obtained by those who are willing to sacrifice honesty and integrity for personal profit; and even in the field of sport, we find that trickery and deception are sometimes substituted for proved skill and clean competition. In the face of this evidence, iterated and reiterated by the press, the radio, and other publicizing agencies, young people may be tempted to believe that Christian Science, with its message of practical idealism, is visionary and cannot be demonstrated in actual experience. The argument may present itself that, even though its doctrines are sound and logical, it is futile for an individual to attempt to prove them in a world where material thinking is predominant.

March 25, 1939

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