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ST. LUKE'S GUILD

ST. LUKE'S GUILD

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By Rev. Arthur F. Winnington Ingram, D.D.


Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the
people." — St. Matt. ix. 35.
By Rev. Arthur F. Winnington Ingram, D.D.


Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in
their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the
people." — St. Matt. ix. 35.

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ST. LUKE'S GUILDBy Rev. Arthur F. Winnington Ingram, D.D. Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people." — St. Matt. ix. 35. I T sometimes happens that two branches of what * is really one family drift apart until they almost forget their common ancestry ; in each generation misunderstandings, slight in themselves, widen the breach ; stories against one another are repeated and believed, simply from the want of opportunity for mutual explanation, until it comes to pass that two sets of people with the same founder, the same blood, the same traditions, and largely the same aim in life, stand apart from one another in a state of aloofness and suspicion, • Preached at the Annual Service for Physicians and Surgeons on the eve of St. Luke's Day, 1899. 203 Sf. Lukes Guild instead of marching shoulder to shoulder with the full confidence of brothers in a common work. ow, far be it from me to assert that this is an accurate picture of the relations between the two great professions to which you and I, my brothers, respectively belong ; but, on the other hand, few will deny that there is not always that complete accord, that perfect confidence and mutual trust
 
which should exist between two bodies of men descended from a common Founder, and carrying on two different sides of one common work. In the passage I have taken for our text, we have a touching picture of Jesus Christ engaged upon His double task; He went about all the cities and villages, the prototype of the parish priest, teaching in the synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, but also the proto- type of the good physician, healing every sickness and every disease among the people. That He is the prototype of our clerical pro- fession no one would deny ; whatever views may be held about Apostolical succession, everyone would admit that the parish priest of to-day is carrying on the task left him by Jesus Christ, that, as he goes up and down the slums of a great city, or ministers to the needs of the 204 Sf. Lukes Guild cottagers in some country village, he is following the steps of Jesus Christ, as He taught in the synagogues and preached the Gospel of the Kingdom. But the point I would press home on you this evening is this : that you, surgeons and physicians, in a Christian country, are as really carrying on in your way this work ; that you are going up and down the same cities and same villages, sent by the same Master, responsible to the same Lord, and united to us by this wonderful bond ; that you are doing the other half of one common work, '* healing every sickness and every disease among the people/'
 
Of course, I have no wish to deny or underrate the difficulties which are felt about our Master's cures ; they are naturally felt even more strongly by you than by any other body of thinking men ; you are so accustomed to trace the subtle con- nection between cause and effect, so trained to accept no result without making scientifically sure of what produced it, that undoubtedly these miracles of healing must present a special difficulty to your minds, and I would suggest — though it only be in passing — three sources of comfort to those for whom they possibly may present a standing difficulty to-day. 205 St. Lukes Guild 1. The mystery of life itself. After all the volumes which have been written about life, am I not right in saying that no one yet knows what life is? Herbert Spencer can define it for us, as perfect correspondence to environment ; but does that really tell us what is the difference between a living man and a corpse ? It is not too much to say that no break in the uniformity of nature can be so remarkable as that which took place when this mysterious thing we call life either gradually or suddenly appeared. And yet all believe in life. Does not the very mysteriousness of life itself hush our voices as to what may be possible when life is in the hands of One, whom, as Christians, we believe to be the Lord of life .? 2. That Jesus Christ did many and wonderful works is one of the best attested facts recorded about Him. We have outlived the days when it

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