The opening pages of "Christian Science Practice" in Science and Health are suffused with the lambent dawning of Love on the lie of material existence. Mary Magdalene's contrite and wordless response to Christ Jesus' radiant embodiment of Love needed only the spiritual authority of his confirmation of her redemption. "Thy sins are forgiven." And "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." The spiritual sense--the only real comprehension--of Love's presence and power cannot be explained, and hence imprisoned, in words.
Mary Magdalene's was a truer homage to Christ Jesus and divine Love than a merely human rejoicing in the nativity of a child laid in a manger. Neither the Christ nor Love was ever born, and no temporal celebration can ever hope to indemnify one's failure to make his life a testimony to the glory of either.
The written word and inspiring example are necessary rungs on the ladder reaching to heaven, but there is no substitute for that ineffable sense of Love's presence in the heart and its hourly manifestation in our lives. "As mortals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought expands into expression." (S&H 255: 1-3) What could better celebrate the birth of Jesus than the nascence or renascence of Christ within us, unfettered by word or the sick and sinful confines of human thinking?
This is also a good time of year to revisit Mary Baker Eddy's Christ and Christmas. Nothing else in her oeuvre is like this Christianly Scientific plum pudding of word and picture.