June 2, 2011 Edition of the Malankara World Journal (Volume: 1, No: 8)
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This is the period the Holy Church is awaiting anxiously with the
Disciples for the arrival of the Holy Spirit. So, this is between the
Ascension and the Pentecost. Next edition of Malankara World will be a
special on Pentecost Feast and Trinity.
The prescribed Gospel reading this week is John 6:35-46. It is one of
the "I am" Statements of our Lord Jesus Christ, "I am the bread of
life." Bible commentaries and sermons are given to study this scripture.
Hopefully you will get a different perspective after the in-depth study.
We also have a bonus text covering John 17: 20-26. This is often called
Lord's Prayer (We often associate Lord's Prayer with the prayer Jesus
taught the disciples - a prayer that should be rightly called Disciple's
Prayer. John 17 should be the genuine Lord's Prayer. It is a high
Priestly prayer. Jesus prays for himself, for his disciples, and for the
world. It is a fine example of how we should pray. It is one of the most
beautiful prayers in the bible. Our 5 commentaries and over a dozen
sermons/articles describes this prayer in depth. It is a real treat!
With the theme of prayer, we have an article by Bishop George V Murray
about prayer. He describes prayer as 'Passing over and coming back.' He
says "prayer is the way we speak with God and listen to God as he speaks
with us.' St. Therese of the Child Jesus explains prayer this way. “For
me, prayer is an uplifting of the heart, a glance toward heaven, a cry
of gratitude and of love in times of sorrow as well as of joy.” We get
transformed while praying experiencing God's presence and have to "come
back" to the world at the end of prayer. I have never seen prayer
described this way. Absolutely beautiful.
To Mother M. Angelica, "Prayer is the Union of Love: God's Love and your
love; it is an awareness of God's love for you—His personal love." She
has amble scripture lessons to reflect on the Journey to prayer.
Do we need a visa to go to heaven? Which path do we take from the
myriads available. John Kunnath's article makes fascinating reading.
We will complete this edition with an article titled, "Grace, not the
Place." Who has shown the greatest faith to Jesus? Disciples? Which one?
The answer may surprise you. Also, we often hear Jesus saying, "He who
has ears to hear, let him hear!" That is strange, isn't it. Why did
Jesus say that?
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
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