“All religion is of life; and the life of religion is to do good.” - Doctrine of Life §1
Kempton New Church


Day 25: March 20

Readings:

But Jesus said, Let her be; why do you belabor her? She has worked a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will, you may do them well; but Me you have not always. She has done what she could; she has come beforehand to put ointment on My body for the burying. Amen I say to you, Wherever this gospel shall be preached through the whole world, what she also has done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. (Mark 14:6-9)

“Burial” signifies resurrection, it also signifies regeneration, for regeneration is man’s first resurrection, as he then dies in respect to the former man, and rises again as to the new. By regeneration a man from being dead becomes alive; hence comes the signification of a “sepulcher” in the internal sense. (Arcana Coelestia 2916)

Reflection:

It was a custom in those times to anoint bodies with fragrant oils in preparation for burial, especially myrrh to represent resurrection (Arcana Coelestia 10252:7). In the case of the Lord that represented resurrection even with His body. Can we look at natural death in the same way, as merely a step on the path to heaven?

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