The Pool with the Five Porches

In the fifth chapter of John we read the story of Jesus' healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda, which was located by the sheep market, and around which were five porches.

A young student of Christian Science, reading the story in the Lesson-Sermon for the first time, pondered the meaning of this pool and the five porches. She had glimpsed the fact which Mary Baker Eddy states in the Christian Science textbook. "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 269): "Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul." She endeavored to see in what way this man's experience at the pool could be of value in one's experience today. She prayed for wisdom to understand and interpret the lesson this record of healing contained, realizing that the spiritual interpretation of the Bible is that on which Christian Science is based.

April 20, 1946

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