What a contrast between our Lord’s last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and his disciples’ grief into repentance, – hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master’s voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side.
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health 34:29)
Conflict and persecution are the truest signs that can be given of the greatness of a cause or of an individual, provided this warfare is honest and a world-imposed struggle. Such conflict never ends till unconquerable right is begun anew, and hath gained fresh energy and final victory.
[Extract from “Message to The Mother Church” for June, 1900]
Mary Baker Eddy
Now after Jesus had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene who became one of his most devote followers.
“There was a time when the church was very powerful.
By Martin Luther King
From the January 20, 1992 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
* Photo – Wounded Angel, Loyola University – Chicago, Lakeshore Location
“There was a time when the church was very powerful— in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. … The people in power sought to convict the Christians for being ‘disturbers of the peace’ …. But the Christians pressed on, in the conviction that they were … called to obey God rather than man. Small in number, they were big in commitment. … By their effort and example they brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contests.
“Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is … an archdefender of the status quo.
“If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity … and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club [or country club] with no meaning for the twentieth century.”
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail