"Who touched me?" asked Jesus (Luke 8:45). His disciples answered by pointing out that in the thronging crowd many were touching him. But Jesus knew the difference between the touch of the multitude and the spiritual sense, which recognized the presence of the Christ. He said, "Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me."

This beautiful incident in the life of our dear Master has valuable lessons for us all. There was the faith of a sick woman who, having heard of Jesus' great healing power, perhaps realized that in accepting his word, she could manifest a holier, healthy state. The woman must have had a faith far stronger than the generally accepted sense of the word. Was it not a solid conviction? Did she not demonstrate her faith by her receptivity? According to the record, she was healed before the Master knew who had touched him; and we read his approbation in his words to her, "Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace." These words were spoken after she had related to him why she had touched him and that she had been healed instantly.

Students of Christian Science are touching the edge of Truth's garment. They are realizing the infinitude of God and the perfection of His creation. They know that they are touching reality by the evidence of the healing today of "all manner of disease among the people" (Matt. 4:23). In Isaiah we read (43:12), "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God." We give evidence of our conviction of Truth through our application of the fundamentals of Christian Science as taught and demonstrated by Mary Baker Eddy. We prove by healing that we have touched the hem of the Christ garment, as was illustrated by the woman in Jesus' time.

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August 6, 1955

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