Reach for mastery through Christ

Imagine you’re in her shoes — in pain, bleeding, and desperate for healing. So certain that a single touch of the Christ will heal her. So she does — she reaches out touches the hem of Christ’s robe and instantly feels whole, complete, and her health is back to normal. But there’s a surprise. Jesus senses this yearning desire, even her thought, that reached out for help. Not only that, but he knows that “virtue went out of him.” He knows the healing power of God was enacted and experienced — all within seconds. What is more, Jesus doesn’t rebuke her, but says, “Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.”


So how does this relate to you, 2,000+ years later? Your desire to reach out and touch Christ is not in vain, nor is it impossible. The Christ is more than just a personal ability, it’s the reflection of God, or man created and seen as God’s image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26-27) — a present fact that is true about all of us. This Christ heals — it is God’s healing power present with us, eternally.

The Christ isn’t far away. It’s not locked into one person who walked the earth two millenniums ago. The Christ — God’s healing power — is present, here and now, and Christian Science defines it as practical, ever-present, and unchanging divine law.

Through this divinely bestowed power you can overcome and master things that hold you back, make you feel guilty, angry, sad, or unfulfilled. This good or plausible healing isn’t far away, nor is it only miraculous or “pie in the sky” thinking. Rather God’s power — even the Kingdom of God — is within you as Jesus said (see Luke 17:21).

He that touches the hem of Christ’s robe and masters his mortal beliefs, animality, and hate, rejoices in the proof of healing, — in a sweet and certain sense that God is Love.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.568:11

behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
—Matthew 9:20-22

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