First Church of Christ, Scientist, La Cañada Flintridge
Wednesday Meeting Readings
- I Thess. 5:18
18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- Dan. 2:1, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 45 8th the, 47, 48 (to 3rd ,)
1And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
16Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
19¶ Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
... 23I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.
45the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon,
- Luke 17:11-19
11¶ And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
- John 11:32-44
32Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
36Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
- Luke 7:36-50
36¶ And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
37And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,
38And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
39Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
40And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.
42And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?
43Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
44And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
45Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
46My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
47Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
48And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
- Ps. 9:1, 2
1I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.
2I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
- SH 3:17-11
How empty are our conceptions of Deity! We admit 18theoretically that God is good, omnipotent, omni-Prayerful ingratitudepresent, infinite, and then we try to give information to this infinite Mind. We plead 21for unmerited pardon and for a liberal outpouring of benefactions. Are we really grateful for the good already received? Then we shall avail ourselves of the 24blessings we have, and thus be fitted to receive more. Gratitude is much more than a verbal expression of thanks. Action expresses more gratitude than speech.
27 If we are ungrateful for Life, Truth, and Love, and yet return thanks to God for all blessings, we are in-sincere and incur the sharp censure our Master pro-30nounces on hypocrites. In such a case, the only acceptable prayer is to put the finger on the lips and remember our blessings. While the heart is far from 4 4:1divine Truth and Love, we cannot conceal the ingrati-tude of barren lives.
3 What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, Efficacious petitionslove, and good deeds. To keep the com-6mandments of our Master and follow his example, is our proper debt to him and the only worthy evidence of our gratitude for all that he has 9done. Outward worship is not of itself sufficient to express loyal and heartfelt gratitude, since he has said: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
- SH 366:30
30 If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent 367 367:1of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes 3Genuine healingof its letter. The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than 6hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame 9with divine Love.
- SH 8:14-18
- SH 94:17
The progress of truth confirms its claims, and our 18Master confirmed his words by his works. His healing-Ingratitude and denialpower evoked denial, ingratitude, and be-trayal, arising from sensuality. Of the ten 21lepers whom Jesus healed, but one returned to give God thanks, — that is, to acknowledge the divine Principle which had healed him.
- SH 362:1-7
362:1It is related in the seventh chapter of Luke’s Gospel that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain 3Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike Simon the disciple. While they were at meat, an unusual A gospel narrativeincident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene 6of Oriental festivity. A “strange woman” came in.
- SH 363:1-23
She bore an alabaster jar containing costly and fragrant oil, — sandal oil perhaps, 3which is in such common use in the East. Breaking the sealed jar, she perfumed Jesus’ feet with the oil, wiping them with her long hair, which hung loosely 6about her shoulders, as was customary with women of her grade.
Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adora-9tion? No! He regarded her compassionately. Nor was Parable of the creditorthis all. Knowing what those around him were saying in their hearts, especially his host, 12— that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the exalted guest did not at once detect the woman’s immoral status and bid her depart, — knowing this, Jesus rebuked 15them with a short story or parable. He described two debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who were released from their obligations by their common 18creditor. “Which of them will love him most?” was the Master’s question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon re-plied, “He to whom he forgave most.” Jesus approved 21the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, follow-ing it with that remarkable declaration to the woman, “Thy sins are forgiven.”
- SH 364:8-19, 25
Which was the higher tribute to such ineffable affec-9tion, the hospitality of the Pharisee or the contrition of Penitence or hospitalitythe Magdalen? This query Jesus answered by rebuking self-righteousness and declaring 12the absolution of the penitent. He even said that this poor woman had done what his rich entertainer had neg-lected to do, — wash and anoint his guest’s feet, a special 15sign of Oriental courtesy.
Here is suggested a solemn question, a question indi-cated by one of the needs of this age. Do Christian 18Scientists seek Truth as Simon sought the Saviour, through material conservatism and for personal homage?
On the other hand, do they show their regard for Truth, or Christ, by their genuine repentance, by their 27Genuine repentancebroken hearts, expressed by meekness and human affection, as did this woman? If so, then it may be said of them, as Jesus said of the 30unwelcome visitor, that they indeed love much, because much is forgiven them.
- SH 365:30
- SH 367:10
This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not “for the loaves and fishes,” nor, like the Pharisee, with 12Gratitude and humilitythe arrogance of rank and display of scholar-ship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the sum-mit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and 15the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and with those hairs all numbered by the Father.
From the Christian Science Hymnal:
Hymn 3: “A grateful heart a garden is”
Hymn 437: “All my hope on God is founded”
Hymn 342: “This is the day the Lord hath made”