Happy Mothers’ Day

Happy Mothers’ Day!

The New Church of Los Angeles would like to wish a Happy Mothers’ Day to our Sisters and Mothers.

When I think of my own mother and what she went through to raise me, I honor all women, mothers, and even Babysitters!

I know Mothers’ Day is mostly a Day for family time, and I hope you spend your day full of happiness and good memories. But above all, whether you go to church on Mothers’ Day or not, don’t forget that God is the Cornerstone of every true happiness, and God sustains the bond that links true family. That Bond is not necessarily of blood, but of Love, Care, Respect and Joy in each other.

Happy Mothers’ Day!

To end, I would like to share these beautiful quotes from the Bible and from the Writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg with you:

 

Deuteronomy 5:16 (NKJV)

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

 

Conjugial Love 305. THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long and you may prosper upon earth.

This commandment is found in Exodus 20:12 and Deuteronomy 5:16. Honoring your father and mother means in the natural or literal sense honoring one’s parents, obeying them, being attached to them, and showing gratitude for the kindnesses they do. These include feeding and clothing their children, and bringing them into the world, so that there they may live civilized and respectable lives; also bringing them into heaven by teaching them the rules of religion. In this way they provide for their temporal prosperity as well as their eternal happiness. They do all this because of the love they have from the Lord, in whose place they act. It also means, in appropriate cases, the honoring of guardians by their wards, if the parents are dead.

In a wider sense this commandment means that one should honor one’s king and magistrates, since these provide all with the necessities of life in general, just as parents do in particular cases. In the widest sense the commandment means that one should love one’s country, since it feeds and protects one; hence it is called one’s fatherland. Honor should be shown by parents to both one’s country and its rulers, and they should implant this idea in their children.

 

True Christian Religion 306.

In the spiritual sense honoring one’s father and mother means reverencing and loving God and the church. In this sense father means God, who is the Father of all, and mother means the church. Children and angels in the heavens know of no other father or mother, since the Lord causes them to be born anew there by means of the church. This is why the Lord says:

Do not call anyone on earth your father, for you have one Father, who is in the heavens. Matt. 23:9.

This is said for the benefit of children and angels in heaven, not for children and people on earth. The Lord teaches the same lesson in the prayer shared by all Christian churches: ‘Our Father in the heavens, may your name be hallowed.’

The reason why mother in the spiritual sense means the church, is that just as a mother on earth feeds her children with natural food, so the church does with spiritual food. This too is why in the Word the church is frequently called mother. For instance, in Hosea:

Strive with your mother; she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Hosea 2:2, 5.

In Isaiah:

Where is the divorce document of your mother, whom I have sent away? Isa. 50:1; also Ezek. 16:45; 19: 10.

And in the Gospels:

Jesus, stretching out his hand to the disciples, said, My mother and my brothers are those who hear the Word of God, and do it. Matt. 12:49, 50; Mark 3:33-35; Luke 8:21; John 19: 25-27.

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And Please Make some time for Fathers’ Day. It’s on June 19! A special New Church Day Not to miss.
Happy Mothers’ Day.

Love.

Jean

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