A Humble or receptive attitude of thought is essential to all of us, for Mary Baker Eddy declares in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 224), "A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission." She then asks the question, "Will you open or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?"

A humble, teachable attitude enables us to keep the door of thought open to Truth, and the recognition of man's infinite possibilities comes when we first open the door of consciousness to this angel of His presence, the Christ, which brings to each individual "a higher and more practical Christianity." This practical Christianity, when admitted, enables us in sickness and in health to demonstrate, or prove, justice toward all.

Receptivity to Truth is essential for us if we would open the door of consciousness and receive the Christly message without delay. How simply and easily we bring divine justice into our experience after we learn that we cannot legislate this justice, although good human laws are the result or outcome of men's glimpses of divine law. We also learn that we cannot force or demand just behavior and activity for others or for ourselves. But by simply opening the door to the angelic visitor when we have achieved the "quiet of meekness," or the humble, receptive attitude, we bring into our experience the higher and more practical Christianity, which demonstrates justice and meets human needs.

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