The Time of Harvest

As Christian Scientists we are all working toward the rewards we judge are our due and are expecting to reap them. But let us pause frequently to be certain that we are seeing clearly the nature of the harvest we seek. Otherwise, we may lose it in the cloud of confusion which mingles harmony with discord as an accomplished fact.

During the time Christ Jesus was fulfilling his mission to heal mankind of its enslavement to sin, sickness, and lack of harmony, the Master illustrated with precept or parable, and always by example, the inviolate nature of divine reality. He was consistently aware of the facts of being in all that he said and did, but he was often unable to communicate his healing message freely to others, sunk as they were in the uncertainties of mixed-up mortal living.

The Saviour's parable of the tares and the wheat is often confined in meaning to a tale of human dimensions. It is sometimes supposed to support God's tolerance of evil in the Church, with a promise, in the dusk of human history, of destruction for some and delight for others. In the context of the Christly healing ministry, this parable may better be seen as a message of fruitful significance, fully effective today as a proof of the divine omnipresence of God and of His unceasing care.

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May 1, 1965

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