“And forgive us our debts” – Q&A #11

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
And Love is reflected in love.

Question: What does “reflected” mean?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy interprets this line of the Lord’s Prayer about forgiving our debts, as: “And Love is reflected in love.” You may recall previous lessons on reflection, and how man reflects God. It is another way of saying that man is the “image and likeness of God,” as we read in the book of Genesis.

According to the dictionary, reflect means to “bend or throw back something,” such as light, heat, or sound. It can mean to give back an image of something, such as a reflection in a
mirror. It can also mean to ponder or reflect upon an idea in thought. With that in mind, see how Mrs. Eddy uses this idea of reflection:

“God is revealed only in that which reflects Life, Truth, Love, — yea, which manifests God’s attributes and power, even as the human likeness thrown upon the mirror, repeats the color, form, and
action of the person in front of the mirror.” (S&H 300:31)

“God is the creator of man, and, the divine Principle of man remaining perfect, the divine idea or
reflection, man,
remains perfect. Man is the expression of God’s being.” (S&H 470:21-24)

“Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.” (S&H 250:12)

Man is the reflection of God. Since Love is another name for God, then man also reflects Love. In the next lesson, we will see how this reflection is expressed.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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