The five thousand who were fed by Jesus witnessed the normal development of a spiritual idea in human consciousness. Sooner or later we all must discover that abundance, not lack, is the natural phenomenon of existence. Supply has its ever-present source in divine Love, and Love is always expressing itself.

The disciples who were with Jesus on that day when Jesus fed the five thousand were momentarily worried about a multitude of demands—five thousands people needing food. They said (John 6:9), "There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?" May a breadwinner has felt as pressed and as limited in his capacity to meet the demands of the present and the future as the disciples did when they faced that vast hungry throng. But when we devote our energies to seeking spiritual gain, spiritual substance, we find that any apparent lack is unable to resist the power of the Christ.

The real man's constant state is one of well-being. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 258): "God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis. Mind manifests all that exists in the infinitude of Truth." The manifestation of Mind is always in the realm of Mind. Jesus' mission was to show mankind the way to spiritual consciousness, to the recognition of Mind's full manifestation, including infinite supply.

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