We find related in the thirteenth chapter of John's Gospel the incident of Christ Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. In spite of Peter's protests, Jesus was willing to perform for the disciples this helpful but seemingly menial service. In his explanation of this act he impressed upon them the importance of following his example. Mankind need to gain a true sense of humble, loving service in preparation for their work of teaching and practicing Christianity.

Jesus said to the disciples (verse 17), "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them." These are words which every Christian Scientist would do well to remember, to think about, and to work with every day. For if we were to ask ourselves during the varied experiences of our day whether we actually adhered to and acted in accord with our own highest understanding of the truth of Christian Science, as revealed to us by our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, how many of us could answer in the affirmative? So it is profitable to go deep into consciousness with searching questions, which we should answer honestly in our own hearts.

When we have studied the weekly Bible Lesson as outlined in the Christian Science Quarterly and have done our prayerful metaphysical work, do we maintain the scientific attitude of thought which we gain from the lesson and thereby help to meet the problems and circumstances of the day? Or when things get difficult, do we allow ourselves to slip into the world's attitude of acceptance of much that is mortal and material? Surely, here we can say to ourselves, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do [not] them."

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December 29, 1956

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