Lesson from a Television Set

In explaining the use of parables to elucidate his teaching, Christ Jesus reminded his disciples what the prophet Isaiah had said about those who hear but do not understand and who see but do not perceive. The Master indicated that spiritual deficiency makes the heart gross, dulling the hearing and closing the eyes of the materially-minded "lest," he said, "at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them" (Matt. 13:15). "But," he continued, referring to the spiritually-minded, "blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."

It is helpful, of course, to understand the words Jesus uttered; but unless the spiritual ideas that these words convey are discerned, the words are of little value in spiritualizing thought. That is true also of his works. Unless the spiritual significance of his healing works is gained, the works are not understood and so cannot be repeated.

Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health (p. 332), "Christ is the true idea voicing good, the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness." This true idea is omnipresent, and the divine message is constantly reaching human consciousness; but one must be alive to it in order to benefit from it. This aliveness, or spiritual-mindedness, may in a way be compared with a perfectly adjusted instrument that makes it possible to bring a television or radio program into the home.

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June 16, 1962

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