A few thoughts on the 40th Friday and the Lazarus's Saturday
- Reading: From the Gospels according to St. Matthew 4: 1-11 and
St. John 11: 28 -46
Dear and Respected Brethren,
The 40th Friday and the Lazarus’ Saturday are two entrances to the blessed
Holy Week. We, all the faithful are desired to go through these doors to
reach the Holy Week and especially our Lord’s glory of the resurrection at
the end of the Holy Week. We all are aware of the significance of the
40thFriday of the Holy Great Lent.
1) Our Lord Jesus was lead to the wilderness by the Holy Spirit to be
tempted by Satan. When we might have trials or temptations in our lives,
without our pre-knowledge, we should not get desperate. We must realize the
presence of the Holy Spirit who will enable us to win over Satan and the
evil spirits. In normal cases, we all get confused and fall victims of utter
despair. This is not the ideal nature of a true faithful. He or she must
rejoice in the abideness of God Almighty and win over the Satan.
2) Our Lord fasted for forty days and nights together and then only He
was tempted by Satan. The Satan applied the same three tricks by which he
won Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The Satan tried to play the game
with the very old trump cards of the desire of the eyes, desire of the body
and majesty of life. He approached Lord Jesus with the verses from the
Scripture. But our Lord could react effectively to the Satan. We also should
learn to win over Satan and the satanic powers that might approach us with
the verses from the Holy Scripture. We must attain the ability to
distinguish the satanic powers from all the powers that might face in our
3) The resurrection of Lazarus offers us the resurrection of all the
departed. It teaches that everything is possible to God and nothing is
impossible to God Almighty. In our daily lives we must give priority for the
heavenly and Godly matters as Mary, sister of Lazarus did. Our Lord
appreciated her saying that she has selected the good part.
Let’s observe this year’s Passion Week with more awe-feeling and real faith.
May God Almighty bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.
- Dear Mr. Jose Kurian Puliyeril,
Thank you for your short and very relevant posting "A few thoughts on the 40th Friday and the Lazarus's Saturday'' in the ICON Digest No. 3440 dated 06.04.2009. It is good to see such postings. We get too much of postings on matters like 'Church and Politics', 'Dress Code' and 'Worship Language' which in the end get dragged on for too long, while spiritual matters are often forgotten or seem to take second place. I hope ICON Moderators put some brakes on similar matters when they get stretched for long.
Joseachayan please continue to make such inspiring postings.
May God bless you and your good work.
- Dear Moderators,
While I am going to the sites, it is with great pleasure to know that
Malankara Orthodox syrian church is running a Medical college of ours own.
Please visit the site and see how many of our church members are
received admission there.
If our church is running like an institution like these, at least few
of our members will have to get admission as every community is running
the institution and get the benefits to the members.