Christ Jesus placed seeing and hearing on a spiritual basis when he said to his disciples (Matt. 13:16, 17): "Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you. That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." The Master had roused the spiritual faculties of those he taught by knowing that man is God's perfect likeness and that he receives his powers from his immutable, divine Father.

Even humanly speaking, seeing and hearing call for mental energy. They derive their power to function and receive perceptions from mind rather than from matter. Mortal mind, not matter, sees and hears materially, and mortal mind is self-destructive; it wears out, and its faculties wear out with it. Mankind's refuge from the self-destructiveness of the carnal mind is to reject that mind as an impostor and to demonstrate the one Mind as the only Mind. Divine Mind is eternally self-existent and self-perpetuating, and its faculties, which man embodies, are sustained in a state of perfection forever.

Poor sight and hearing often involve conditions other than those of failing energies; but it is well to consider the truth of undiminished spiritual energy under any circumstance. Christian Science renews the energies which constitute human sight and hearing by providing clear glimpses of spiritual man, God's perfect likeness, who embodies the faculties of Mind in all their vigor and perpetual strength. Mary Baker Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 330), "With each returning year, higher joys, holier aims, a purer peace and diviner energy, should freshen the fragrance of being."

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