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"Assistance in brotherhood"

From the October 1966 issue of The Christian Science Journal


"The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood, all having the same Principle, or Father; and blessed is that man who seeth his brother's need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another's good." So writes Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health under the marginal heading "Assistance in brotherhood."Science and Health, p. 518;

At no time in history has mankind been more awake to the opportunities for "assistance in brotherhood." To a striking degree the richer countries of the world are reaching out to help the developing nations, abandoning older practices of exploitation. Individuals richer in material goods are finding ways to help the poorer. The whole world appears to be making efforts to eliminate poverty, devoting increasing energy, resources, and attention to lifting mankind from the limitations that beset it.

Moses, the great Hebrew Lawgiver, included particular provision for the less fortunate in his laws to guide the Israelites. For example, part of each harvest was to be left for the poor. God commanded through Moses: "When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest. And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the Lord your God."Lev. 19:9, 10;

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