The latest Issue of Malankara World Journal (Volume 1, Issue 11, Dated
June 24, 2011) is now available online at:
This Sunday's Gospel reading, as prescribed by our church, has one of
the difficult sayings of Jesus. When we think of Jesus, we think of him as the Prince of Peace, someone on whom we can leave all the anxieties and other difficulties in life. In today's Gospel, Jesus tells us that he did not come to this world to bring peace but to bring sword. It is tough to reconcile it coming from a savior who has told Peter when he struck the Chief priest's servant that "those who use a sword will be consumed by the sword."
We have nearly a dozen articles explaining this paradox as well as what Jesus expects from His disciples. You can find them here:
Our lead article in this Journal is on abandoning our ego. Jesus, who
told his disciples that they need to follow Servant Leadership, requires that we need to humble ourselves and abandon our ego or self before we can become his true disciple. It is an excellent article by the Primate of the Coptic Church.
A companion article looks at Christians in the early days of
Christianity and the sacrifices they had to undergo following Jesus'
commandments. It is clear that when we become Christians, we need to be transformed. We become different persons. We become role models. We
become examples to others who want to follow us. Like we explained in
the last Journal, we become lights that reflect the glory of Jesus. Are we?
We now pick on the series on Prayer we left out a few weeks ago. In the article, 'Prayer: We Need Desire, Time and Quiet', Bishop George V
Murray SJ expands on how to pray. In this connection, it is relevant to point out a recent exhortation by Pope Benedict XVI on Christian prayer:
'Christian prayer is grounded in the gift of new life brought by Christ; it is an "art" in which Christ, the Son of God, is our supreme teacher. At the same time, prayer is a part of the human experience, as we see from the ancient cultures of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. There we find eloquent expressions of a desire to see God, to experience His mercy and forgiveness, to grow in virtue and to experience divine help in all that we do. In these cultures there is also a recognition that prayer opens man to a deeper understanding of our dependence on God and life's ultimate meaning. The pagan religions, however, remain a plea for divine help, an expression of that profound human yearning for God which finds its highest expression and fulfillment in the Old and New Testaments. Divine revelation, in fact, purifies and fulfils man's innate desire for God and offers us, through prayer, the possibility of a deeper relationship with our heavenly Father. With the disciples, then, let us ask the Lord: "[t]each us to pray" (cf. Luke 11:1).' - Pope
Benedict XVI, May 4, 2011
Mother Angelica explains Repentance. Jesus and John, the Baptist,
started their ministries by telling people to "Repent, the Kingdom of
Heaven is at Hand." Mother asks, "What stands in the way of my becoming another Christ? Christ is within me, waiting for me to let Him shine forth. What dark clouds stand between Christ and me, preventing my neighbor from seeing God's Son?" The answer is our sins. We need to repent and become a new creature.
One of the reasons why marriages fail is due to high expectations
according to Chuck Colson. It's all-too-common today for brides and
grooms to seek to have all their needs met in the person they are about to marry. Certainly, marriage does satisfy many of our needs, but "at best it does so partially and imperfectly. At some point, our marriage partners will always let us down." Are we wrong to seek personal fulfillment in our spouses?, the author asks. Read how spirituality can help in this area.
We will also be talking more about this in our future editions.
We have a beautiful wedding prayer by Max Lucado that can be prayed by
Enjoy the Malankara Salad and the other articles on health and
*Table of Contents (Issue 11)*
Bible Readings for This Sunday
Sermons for This Sunday
Inspiration for Today
Featured This Week: The Ego, The Greatest Hindrance for Virtue
Who is a Christian?
Prayer: We Need Desire, Time and Quiet
Family: Inflated Expectations-How Not to Treat Your Spouse
Health: Food Enzymes: Improve Your Health with Food Enzymes
Recipe: Sunny Malankara Salad
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
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