Malankara World Journal Ettu Nomb Special Day - 3, Issue 163 (Sep
This is a special edition of Malankara World Journal for the Ettu
Nombu, an exclusive lent observed by Malankara Christians worldwide.
Issue 163 for Ettu Nomb Day - 3 (September 3, 2013) is now available
TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 163
Ettu Nomb (8 Days Lent) Special - Day 3
1. Inspiration for Today: Jesus' Joy
If you're a Christian, you know that Christianity is supposed to be
about joy. You probably also know that you're supposed to experience
joy in spite of circumstances.... There's a joy that the deepest
trouble can't put out and, if properly nourished and nurtured, can
even overwhelm the greatest grief. ...
2. Featured: The Virgin Mary's Role In Salvation History
From the Annunciation to the Crucifixion of her Son, Mary can be
seen as God's ultimate validation of free will. The Virgin Mary's
obedience to the will of God as conveyed to her in the angel
Gabriel's message was no less voluntary in its affirmation than the
disobedience of the virgin Eve had been in its negation. ...
Mary, as the first human to kiss the face of God and the first to
believe in Jesus as her Savior, took her place in Salvation History
as the first Christian. She is also the one disciple of Jesus who
didn't flee or doubt when all the others fled and doubted, but who
stayed and accepted to the very end the burden of being under the
Cross. Down through the ages the weeping Mary of the Cross
witnessing her son's torture and death stands in solidarity with all
believers who also suffer and live under the shadow of the Cross.
3. Love Like Jesus
It's clear we please Jesus by bearing fruit. But what kind of fruit?
The fruit that comes from every good work. Ephesians 2:10 says, "For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good
works...that we should walk in them." This is our purpose, one we
have been gloriously restored to by the Resurrection and which flows
naturally from our restored identity. Works cannot save us, but
without the fruit of good works, we lack the evidence that
identifies us as new creations in Christ! ...
4. Peace From Jesus - More Solid Than Fear
Jesus offers peace in uncertainty, mercy in brokenness, something
solid when all is lost. He speaks of peace can that transcend
understanding when we cling to the one who gives us life. It is
worth noting that his use of the word "peace" here portrays a quiet
state of mind, which is infinitely dissimilar to a mind that has
been silenced by coercion or despair- emotions some associate with
5. Hymn: Shall We Not Love Thee, Mother
6. Saint Anselm's Prayer in Honor of Virgin Mary's Nativity
7. Ten Commandments Aren't Fashionable, But Are Hymn to Love - Pope
Pope Francis admits that the very idea of a commandment is not
fashionable today, but that the Ten Commandments come from a God who
wants what is best for us. They are "not a hymn to 'no,' but to
'yes,'" he says, "a 'yes' to God, a 'yes' to Love, and because I say
'yes' to Love, I say 'no' to non-Love." ...
8. More Resources For Study and Reflection
Malankara World Supplement on St. Mary plus other publications of
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal
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