Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Oil That Takes the Squeak out of Our Lives

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Oil That Takes the Squeak out of Our Lives

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A NEW TESTAMENT story in Luke's Gospel tells of a woman entering the home of Simon, a Pharisee, where Christ Jesus was dining as a guest. This woman was known by many as a sinner, but she knelt at Jesus' feet and washed them with tears and then anointed his feet with oil. Jesus was touched by the woman's deed, and publicly approved it. Was it the woman's use of the costly oil that impressed Jesus? Of course not. But her humility and sincere repentance were apparent to Jesus even while the others in the room were condemning her actions. To Simon and the others Jesus said, "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much" (7:47). And to the woman herself, Jesus said directly, "Thy sins are forgiven" (verse 48). This woman, who is now referred to as Mary Magdalene, was healed of her sinful ways and became a devoted, consecrated follower of Jesus. In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, explains oil as: "Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration" (p. 592). The repentance of Mary Magdalene showed that she exemplified these high qualities. And as we learn to express them ourselves, we will find them to be beautiful, friction-dissolving oils that bring repentance and renewal to our lives. When we have a squeaky wheel or door, we know that the squeak will disappear if a few drops of oil are applied to the area. And so in our daily lives, when a situation becomes noisy with irritations, inharmony, and differences in personal opinion, diligently putting into practice the qualities of this spiritual oil will silence discords and bring peace and harmony to our experience. Mrs. Eddy's description of oil provided healing ideas for me at a time when all human means to resolve a conflict had failed. I was a first-year teacher, trying to maintain a harmonious and productive classroom schedule with a large group of ninth graders. …
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