"The miracle, of course, was not that the oil
for the sacred light - in a little cruse - lasted as long as they say;
but that the courage of the Maccabees lasted to this day: let that
nourish my flickering spirit." - Charles Reznikoff
are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it
gives light to all in the house. 16In
the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see
your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
- attributed to Jesus,
Holy Bible KJV
the inner light dawns, it delivers the outer life from bondage.
This is in line with the teaching that everything is from within out.
When the soul knows freedom, the law will free the body,
and the outer life will express health, happiness and success. ... All
things work for our good. Even that which we call evil is
salutary, leading us to the Way, the Truth and the Life." -
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind
This week begins the
celebration of Hanukkah, or "Festival of Lights" and in the
origin of this celebration we find the spiritual significance of
"Light" ... and "Substance" ... something
that, if understood, can benefit every one of us.
[from myjewishlearning.com ]
"Hanukkah is one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the
Bible. The story of how Hanukkah came to be is contained in the books of
1 and 2 Maccabees, which are not part of the Jewish canon of the Hebrew
Bible. ... Completed approximately 600 years after the events of the
Maccabees, the Talmud contains the extant version of the famous story of
the miraculous jar of oil that burned for eight days. The Talmud relates
these stories in the context of a discussion about the fact that fasting
and grieving are not allowed on Hanukkah. In order to understand why the
observance of Hanukkah is so important, the Rabbis recount the story of
the miraculous jar of oil."
The first thing we must understand to
benefit from this seeming miracle is "faith is the substance of
things hoped for" ... this "substance" is formed as a
result of our faith. We can read in the science of mind,
"substance is the formless back of all forms, The Primordial
Substance is the ultimate formless Stuff, from which all things come, we
can read in the science of mind. Primordial meaning first in
order; original; a first principle or element."
And so we know that first there is substance,
the formless from which all can be formed through faith and the use of
our mind aligned with Infinite Intelligence. In truth, there are
no miracles for nothing falls outside of the physical and spiritual laws
that permeate the universe. When the elements of faith, light and
substance are in alignment, seeming miracles do take place, but are
considered miracles because the instances of this happening that become
well-known, generally are outside of the norm. Yet, faith, light
and substance are in alignment daily and the results are the expansion
and progress that we see in the world around us. Progress in
spiritual understanding, expansion of our understanding of the universe
in which we live, and progress in technology and science. But,
most of all, answered prayers that are evidenced daily by people all
over the world.
Having the awareness of the power of faith,
light and substance, the Master Mind Jesus realized that our faith is
power, then light, which is a symbol of Intelligence, is necessary, and
as these two are combined, the formless substance is formed in whatever
is necessary to meet our need. Too often people lose their faith
because they set their faith in opposition to intelligence and therefore
do not receive the results they seek to experience. Yet, as the
mystical Ernest Holmes tells us, all things work to our good.
Every faithful attempt to manifest our good brings us closer to the
realization of the necessity of aligning our faith with intelligence and
substance, provided we don't give up or lose our faith.
As we celebrate the persistent faith of the
Maccabees and we realize that as we are in
agreement with the radical Jesus that "we are the light of the
world" ... we shall find our way to align this light within us,
through our faith, with the substance of things hoped for ... and we
shall realize that this light that always shines ... forms the substance
of our every prayer.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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