Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Question: Does this Beatitude include mourning for the sufferings of others?
Answer: Compassion, which includes sympathy for the sufferings of others, is a moral quality that Mary Baker Eddy tells us is needed for healing:
“The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-being is deficient in human affection, and we have the apostolic warrant for asking: ‘He that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?’” (S&H 366)
There is a difference, however, between feeling sorry for those who suffer, and sympathizing with the error they are believing in. Mrs. Eddy explains:
“Sympathy with error should disappear.” (S&H 211)
“Neither sympathy nor society should ever tempt us to cherish error in any form.” (S&H 153)
Here is how she explains how we sense God’s “sympathy” in our lives:
“God pities our woes with the love of a Father for His child, — not by becoming human, and knowing sin, or naught, but by removing our knowledge of what is not. He could not destroy our woes totally if He possessed any knowledge of them. His sympathy is divine, not human.” (No 30)
Practice: It is a wonderful milestone in our spiritual growth, when we start to care about the sufferings of others, and yearn to help. Today, consider how you might help someone in need. Lift your thought to see the error as unreal.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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