Sunday, March 24, 2024

Rutherford: with palms

Sunday, March 24, 2024
    Palm Sunday
    Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
    Commemoration of Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953
    After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.
    —Revelation 7:9 (NIV)
    This world never looked like a friend upon you. Ye owe it little love. It looked ever sour-like upon you. Howbeit ye should woo it, it will not match with you; and therefore never seek warm fire under cold ice. This is not a field where your happiness groweth; it is up above, where there are a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations and kindreds, and people, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter to Lady Kenmure, Sept. 14, 1634, p. 69 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 7:9; Lev. 23:39-40; Matt. 6:24; 21:8-9; Mark 11:8-10; Luke 16:13; 19:36-38; John 12:12-13; 15:19; 18:36; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1-2; Jas. 4:4; 1 John 2:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, turn me away from the praise of the world and towards You.
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