A Record of a small group of fishermen that is full of interest is given in the Gospel of John, a record that will live to inspire and humble human hearts as long as men love the teachings of Jesus. The setting was the shore of the Sea of Galilee at a time when Jesus' followers' faith had been much shaken. Without attempting to amplify the lesson, we may profitably consider the beauty of its moral and the simplicity of its application. We may also remember its effects on the lives of those who were present. Never in the history of the world had men witnessed such things as they had seen and heard during the preceding three years, when they had been students of the greatest teacher of all time.

The narrative, with its depth of appeal to those who would be better demonstrators of Christian Science, is told in the twenty-first chapter of John. The sixth verse reminds us of a definite order of procedure essential to the successful and harmonious conduct of our lives and the solution of all human problems. It reads: "He said unto them, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes." Here we have in brevity both a reason for failure and limitation and a basis for abundance and success.

Mary Baker Eddy, speaking of this event in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," has this to say (p. 35): "Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side." What a helpful statement of assurance for those who yearn for freedom from fear and uncertainty and for those who are seeking health and peace. Christian Scientists are grateful for Mrs. Eddy's statement concerning the Master's advice to his students on that occasion. They have, times without number, proved its true value and practicability.

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March 8, 1952

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