A Very inspiring healing is related in the thirteenth chapter of Luke. It reads: "There was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God." This passage shows clearly the healing office of the Christ, and Christian Science awakens us to the fact that the same healing power of the Christ, exemplifying the true relationship of God and man, is present today for us to demonstrate.

Was it a lack of courtesy, of love, and of compassion on Jesus' part that he did not go to the woman who was bent and infirm, but bade her come to him? No. Jesus realized clearly that infirmity, disease, and all disability were entirely mental products of erring mortal mind. In "Unity of Good" Mary Baker Eddy, our revered Leader, writes (p. 11), "Jesus stooped not to human consciousness, nor to the evidence of the senses." The woman was "bowed together," that is, burdened with the material sense of herself as discordant, diseased, lacking, and had been for eighteen years. "He called her to him"—to the Christ-consciousness, that consciousness which reveals true selfhood as reflecting, or expressing, the everlasting, ever-acting, ever-loving qualities of God.

When the Master said to her, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity," he annulled the so-called laws of mortal belief; he removed the heavy, fearful, lying arguments that had bowed her down for eighteen years, and awakened her to some understanding of her true womanhood, her real selfhood as a child of God, upright, pure, and free. Through her inspired writings Mrs. Eddy has brought to light true womanhood and manhood as the reflection of the Father-Mother God. Jesus expressed the womanhood of God by his great love, compassion, and tenderness in healing the sick, in comforting the sorrowing, and in raising the dead. Just to the extent that we are expressing the womanhood of God are we fulfilling the office of womanhood.

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