New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 20

new church life: march/april 2017 Palm Sunday represents a quality that the Lord wants in our lives in all we care about, think, speak or do. It represents our conscious choice to make a path for the Lord to come not just into our own hearts and minds but that His presence and His blessings may be ever more present through our choices. praise You, O LORD.” Psalm 148, read as the first lesson, states: Praise the LORD from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths; Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word; Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars; Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth; Both young men and maidens; Old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD Palm Sunday represents a quality that the Lord wants in our lives in all we care about, think, speak or do. It represents our conscious choice to make a path for the Lord to come not just into our own hearts and minds but that His presence and His blessings may be ever more present through our choices. What kind of a king do we celebrate on Palm Sunday? For a king to exist there usually is a kingdom. Many times in the four Gospels there is reference to the “kingdom of heaven” and the “kingdom of God.” It is important to know what kind of kingdom this is. There have been some who, from religious belief, wanted a king who will exalt them above all throughout the whole world, not one whose kingdom is in heaven and who looks from there to the salvation also of all on earth. (See Arcana Coelestia 10570:3) Listen to the following words from the teachings for the New Church: I have spoken several times to spirits recently arrived from the world about the state of eternal life, and have said that it was important for them to know who the Lord of that kingdom is, w B2FR77FVbvfW&VBBvBf&FBvfW&VBFW2गB2FR6RFRv&BvVVRvFFW"vFӲFWv6Fp&Vf&VBvFRr2BvBR2ƖRvB2FR77FVbvfW&VB@FW"f7G266W&rFBvFrV6&RFW2F2ǒF@vFvW&RFW&RvrFƗfRf&WfW"ऒfRFBFVFBFR&BR'VW2BǒVfV'WB6FRvRVfW'6Rf"Rv'VW2FRRW7B'VRFRFW"B6FBFRvFv6FW&Rr2FR&N( 2vFBFBFRw2bF2vF&RWFW&G'WF2WfW'Rbv62&6VBFR6&&RrFBFW&RFfRFR&@7W&VVǒBFRVv&"2FV6VfW2FVVBbFWv6VBF&R2FRvV2`