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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SARAH S. BAKER


That they may he one ; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I
in Thee, that they may he one in us. — John xvii. 21.
BY SARAH S. BAKER


That they may he one ; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I
in Thee, that they may he one in us. — John xvii. 21.

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UIO.BY SARAH S. BAKER That they may he one ; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and Iin Thee, that they may he one in us. — John xvii. 21.OUE, Elder Brother, in His teaching, nowlifted up the poor things of earth to be thesymbols of things heavenly, and now solemnmysteries from above were allowed to be examplesfor our humble imitation in our simple, every-day life. The household objects about us in ourhomes were thus taught a speech by which to re-mind us of holy counsel and a heavenly dwelling-place. Great truths, too deep for our full com-prehension, were made to be to us in our earthlywalk a source of guidance and consolation.There is, there must be, much in the Biblethat exceeds our poor comprehension; but ourSaviour has illustrated and simplified much thatit is difficult for us to grasp. We might nothave dared to compare the divine unity with ourpoor fellowships here below. Our Lord, whoso well knew the oneness of the God of Love,ASCEDED. 225has set it before us as an example. He prayedfor all who should believe in His name "thatthey may be one as we are one."God has given us the family as a perpetualembodiment of the truth that love is the oneprinciple of real unity in the midst of diversity.It has been said that for the exercise of the
 
highest affection there should be love betweentwo, and a mutually shared affection for a thirdobject or some great outside interest. This isspecially exemplified by the structure of thefamily. The husband and wife, dear to eachother, have a common devotion to their littleones. Brothers and sisters have their reciprocalaffection and their filial love. Yet how oftenthe seeds of discord spring into rank, unwhole-some growth in the very bosom of the family.Where there should be oneness there may beenvy and jealousy, contention and alienation.Selfishness may prompt husband or wife to bedissatisfied with the way influence or rule isshared between the heads of the family. Theshy husband ma} r even feel himself cast into theshadow by the brilliant conversational powers of the wife. Even a loving wife may sometimesfind herself almost crushed by the force and wis-dom and attainments of the husband. She maybe depressed and extinguished in the presenceof him whom she so cordially admires.15226 OUR ELDER BROTHER.Self dies hard in human nature. The oncestrong-minded father may think it trying to seein his declining years that it is his brilliant sonwho now draws around him the eager, listeningcircle, while the remarks of the old man arehardly heard at all, or little regarded. Themother may be wounded as she sees time aftertime the love of her early friends grow coldtowards her, while it has taken new life towardsher winning daughter.
 
Envy, jealousy, and selfishness cause thesepainful feelings, which are not the less sinfuland destructive of inner peace because they arehidden from human eyes, in the depths of theturbulent heart.Among brothers and sisters the struggle forpre-eminence, or the contests about mine andthine, may creep in, even to make the nursery ascene of quarrels, — the promise of the lifelongbickerings and small rivalries that take theplace of true brotherly affection.Mutual love makes a family a blessed unity.Without love a family is only an aggregate of uncongenial items.Our Lord prays for His followers, "That theymay be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I inThee, that they also may be one in us, that theworld may know that Thou hast sent Me." Toreach this loving unity must be the aim of theChurch Catholic !ASCEDED, 227When one throb of love for our Elder Brotherand for all His true followers passes round theworld as the electric current speeds from landto land, then will all the nations begin tobe indeed of the kindgom of our Lord and HisChrist.We can each do something to bring about thathappy day, by suppressing in ourselves partyprejudice, and using our influence against theanimosity of a contentious spirit of division.

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