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From the September 2010 issue of The Christian Science Journal

THEY TURN YOUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN— those unforgettable parable/stories Jesus taught with. The masses that followed Jesus around Galilee weren't always sure what he meant by those parables, but they listened hour after hour, and learned through his storytelling that the kingdom of heaven had actually come. And what incredible promise it held for humankind!

But some of Jesus' parables were private—just for his closest disciples. Like the one about a businessman who spends all his time searching for exquisite pearls. Suddenly, this man finds a single pearl of such supreme value that he sells all his other pearls to buy it. His life catapults into a new sphere. He may be out of the pearl-trading business forever, because now he owns the pearl of all pearls.

What do you and I, as Jesus' disciples of today, learn from this story? How do we go about treasuring the "pearl of great price" that's been placed in our hands—the Christ Science, the Comforter Jesus promised would teach us everything we'd ever need to know about God and His incomparably perfect, spiritual creation? What do we need to "sell" that might keep us from making this pearl our own? From letting the truth Mary Baker Eddy discovered catapult our lives into a new spiritual reality? From giving our whole heart and soul to helping humanity claim the pearl too?

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