Sunday, March 31st, 2024 Roundtable

Let Us Learn of the Real and Eternal

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Reality

Morning Prayers

This glad Easter morning witnesseth a risen Saviour, a higher human sense of Life and Love, which wipes away all tears. With grave-clothes laid aside, Christ, Truth, has come forth from the tomb of the past, clad in immortality. The sepulchres give up their dead. Spirit is saying unto matter: I am not there, am not within you. Behold the place where they laid me; but human thought has risen!

Mortality’s thick gloom is pierced. The stone is rolled away. Death has lost its sting, and the grave its victory. Immortal courage fills the human breast and lights the living way of Life.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 191

“Christ never left,” I replied; “Christ is Truth, and Truth is always here, — the impersonal Saviour.”

Then another person, more material, met me, and I said, in the words of my Master, “Touch me not.” I shuddered at her material approach; then my heart went out to God, and I found the open door from this sepulchre of matter.

I love the Easter service: it speaks to me of Life, and not of death.

Let us do our work; then we shall have part in his resurrection.

— from Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 180

Discussion points

313 — WATCH, in tracing from the material counterfeit back to reality, lest you neglect the step that lies between. One cannot cross from one mountain peak to another, without going down into the valley that lies between. If one peak stands for the counterfeit and one for reality, the valley may be called the opposite. For example, Life, harmony, health, and Love constitute reality. Their opposites are death, discord, sickness and hate. Their counterfeits are human or physical life, material harmony, bodily health and personal love.

One cannot trace from personal love to divine Love without exposing the fact that personal love as a counterfeit of divine Love is based on hate, the opposite of divine Love. The same argument holds good with every counterfeit with which we have to deal.

This watching point will prevent a student from believing that he can go from the counterfeit directly to the reality, without first analyzing the counterfeit in terms of its opposite. Read Miscellaneous Writings, page 351:20.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Click here to read — “Fallibility of Human Concepts”, from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 351


“Since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.”

On one occasion, as I recall, Mrs. Eddy said to the members of her household: “Home is not a place but a power. We find home when we arrive at the full understanding of God. Home! Think of it! Where sense has no claims and Soul satisfies.”

— from Twelve Years With Mary Baker Eddy, Rev. Irving C. Tomlinson, M.A., C. S. B, page 156

Click here to read — “Is There A Personal Deity?” from No and Yes, by Mary Baker Eddy

Final Readings

The following was read at the end of the Roundtable, “The letters of Pontius Pilate and Herod Concerning Jesus” from, The archeological writings of the Sanhedrim and Talmuds of the Jews. (Intra secus.) These are the official documents made in these courts in the days of Jesus Christ by Mahan, W. D. (William Dennes), 1824-1906; McIntosh, M; Tywman, T. H

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