"The utmost parts of the earth"

From the summit of prayer, in deep love of mankind and with no thought but to bless and enlighten, Mary Baker Eddy observed closely and pondered profoundly the significant events which went on in the world about her. From her writings it is to be noted that universal incidents and their immediate effect upon the peoples they concerned, did not escape her notice. China and Japan. India, Europe, all received her attention. And why? The answer is to be found in such passages as the following: "From the interior of Africa to the utmost parts of the earth, the sick and the heavenly homesick or hungry hearts are calling on me for help, and I am helping them," she writes on page 147 of "The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany."

If she, then, in her day of comparative peace and order in the world, felt this urgent call for help, what must men feel now amidst the cataclysmic happenings which confront and seek often to overwhelm them? In this hour of men's agonizing need, it can be truly said that from "the utmost parts of the earth" there is a call for help. Multitudes in cruel captivity, in continual danger, in famine, and in suffering, are calling out for sustenance and for release. Do we, as did our Leader, hear that call, and can we with the same assurance of understanding, of compassion, of consecration, declare, "I am helping them"?

"Inasmuch," said the Master of those who understand the purpose of the Christ, "as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." The Christ-mission, as exemplified by Jesus, was no other than, in the words of Isaiah, "to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;...to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness." In the consciousness of Truth's infinite ever-presence, because Father and Son, Mind and idea, are one, there is no place, no circumstance, no condition, where men cannot be aware that though there appear to be bondage, peril, distress, yet the Christ is in their midst.

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May 16, 1942

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