REALITY

A;pril 1, 2018

 

Golden Text

Arise, shine, for your

light has come,

and the glory of the

Lort rises upon you

(New International Version)

 

Is 60:1

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.

 

 

Responsive Reading

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

 

Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who re blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

 

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

 

I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."

 

The the righteous will answer he, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

 

Whendid we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

 

When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?

 

The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

 

For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

 

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other.

 

Dear children, let us no love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

(New International Version)

 

Matt 25:31,34-40

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

 

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

 

For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

 

Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

 

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

 

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

 

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

 

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

I John 3:11,14 (to 1st .), 18

For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.

 

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 

 

Section I

( 1) Is 43:1 now, 2,4 (to :), 19 I will even

now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

 

Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee:

 

I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

 

( 2) Ps 23:1,3 (to :), 4,6

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

 

He restoreth my soul:

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

 

( 1) 596:21-27

"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil." (Psalm xxiii. 4.)

Though the way is dark in mortal sense, divine Life and Love illumine it, destroy the unrest of mortal thought, the fear of death, and the supposed reality of error. Christian Science, contradicting sense, maketh the valley to bud and blossom as the rose.

 

( 2) 298:2-4,13-15

Life, Truth, and Love are the realities of divine Science. They dawn in faith and glow full-orbed in spiritual understanding.

 

Spiritual sense, contradicting the material senses, involves intuition, hope, faith, understanding, fruition, reality.

 

( 3) 322:3-7

When understanding changes the standpoints of life and intelligence from a material to a spiritual basis, we shall gain the reality of Life, the control of Soul over sense, and we shall perceive Christianity, or Truth, in its divine Principle.

 

( 4) 323:9

Beholding the infinite tasks of truth, we pause, wait on God. Then we push onward, until boundless thought walks enraptured, and conception unconfined is winged to reach the divine glory.

 

 

Section II

( 3) Luke 2:25,27-35,40

And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.

 

And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him. And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

 

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.

 

( 4) II Cor 4:6 God

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

 

 

( 5) 333:16-23

XIII. The advent of Jesus of Nazareth marked the first century of the Christian era, but the Christ is without beginning of years or end of days. Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea, the reflection of God, has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth.

 

( 6) 232:26

In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.

 

( 7) 233:16

Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, the sign material, how much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this truth was our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which rejected him.

 

( 8) 546:23-26

Christian Science is dawning upon a material age. The great spiritual facts of being, like rays of light, shine in the darkness, though the darkness, comprehending them not, may deny their reality.

 

( 9) 207:27 (only)

The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.

 

 

Section III

( 5) Matt 4:23

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

 

( 6) John 12:44,46

Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.

 

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

 

( 7) John 16:33

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

( 8) John 17:1,11 Holy, 15,25,26

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

 

holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

 

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

 

O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

 

 

(10) 18:3-5

Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage.

 

(11) 350:6-13,24 Divine

To understand all our Master's sayings as recorded in the New Testament, sayings infinitely important, his followers must grow into that stature of manhood in Christ Jesus which enables them to interpret his spiritual meaning. Then they know how Truth casts out error and heals the sick. His words were the offspring of his deeds, both of which must be understood.

 

Divine Truth must be known by its effects on the body as well as on the mind, before the Science of being can be demonstrated. Hence its embodiment in the incarnate Jesus, that life-link forming the connection through which the real reaches the unreal, Soul rebukes sense, and Truth destroys error.

 

(12) 71:2

Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.

 

(13) 335:27-29

Reality is spiritual, harmonious, immutable, immortal, divine, eternal. Nothing unspiritual can be real, harmonious, or eternal.

 

(14) 264:24

Spiritual living and blessedness are the only evidences, by which we can recognize true existence and feel the unspeakable peace which comes from an all-absorbing spiritual love.

 

(15) 150:4-8

To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science, instead of a phenomenal exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of "on earth peace, good-will toward men."

 

 

Section IV

( 9) Matt 26:1,2,36-41

And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

 

Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

(10) Mark 13:37 what

what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

 

 

(16) 57:24

The wintry blasts of earth may uproot the flowers of affection, and scatter them to the winds; but this severance of fleshly ties serves to unite thought more closely to God, for Love supports the struggling heart until it ceases to sigh over the world and begins to unfold its wings for heaven.

 

(17) 586:23

GETHSEMANE. Patient woe; the human yielding to the divine; love meeting no response, but still remaining love.

 

(18) 47:31

During his night of gloom and glory in the garden, Jesus realized the utter error of a belief in any possible material intelligence. The pangs of neglect and the staves of bigoted ignorance smote him sorely. His students slept. He said unto them: "Could ye not watch with me one hour?" Could they not watch with him who, waiting and struggling in voiceless agony, held uncomplaining guard over a world? There was no response to that human yearning, and so Jesus turned forever away from earth to heaven, from sense to Soul.

 

(19) 215:15-18

We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of reality.

 

(20) 242:9

There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality to have no other consciousness of life than good, God and His reflection, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.

 

 

Section V

(11) John 18:12,13 (to ;)

Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him, And led him away to Annas first;

 

(12) John 19:1

Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.

 

(13) Luke 23:32-34 (to 1st .), 46,50,52,53

And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

 

And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.

 

And, behold, there was a man named Joseph, a counsellor; and he was a good man, and a just:

 

This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid.

 

(14) Matt 28:1,2,5,6 (to 1st .)

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

 

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

 

 

(21) 52:19-23

The "man of sorrows" best understood the nothingness of material life and intelligence and the mighty actuality of all-inclusive God, good. These were the two cardinal points of Mind-healing, or Christian Science, which armed him with Love.

 

(22) 51:6-11, 15

Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life.

 

He knew that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could be extinguished.

 

(23) 43:17

The final demonstration of the truth which Jesus taught, and for which he was crucified, opened a new era for the world. Those who slew him to stay his influence perpetuated and extended it.

 

(24) 54:1

Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love. With the affluence of Truth, he vanquished error. The world acknowledged not his righteousness, seeing it not; but earth received the harmony his glorified example introduced.

 

 

Section VI

(15) Mark 16:9-11,14,15,17-20 (to 1st .)

Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

 

Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

 

And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

 

(16) II Cor 9:8,15

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

 

Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

 

 

(25) 494:15

The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love. Jesus demonstrated the inability of corporeality, as well as the infinite ability of Spirit, thus helping erring human sense to flee from its own convictions and seek safety in divine Science. Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man's eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.

 

(26) 31:14-17

It is the living Christ, the practical Truth, which makes Jesus "the resurrection and the life" to all who follow him in deed.

 

(27) 598:23-30

One moment of divine consciousness, or the spiritual understanding of Life and Love, is a foretaste of eternity. This exalted view, obtained and retained when the Science of being is understood, would bridge over with life discerned spiritually the interval of death, and man would be in the full consciousness of his immortality and eternal harmony, where sin, sickness, and death are unknown.

 

(28) 509:24

The periods of spiritual ascension are the days and seasons of Mind's creation, in which beauty, sublimity, purity, and holiness yea, the divine nature appear in man and the universe never to disappear.

 

(29) 353:16 (only)

All the real is eternal.