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DAY 28 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

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  • Prince Mathew
    Dear All in Jesus Christ,   Preface for Meditation   The cross of Christ is the door to heaven, the key to paradise, the downfall of the devil, the uplifting
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      Dear All in Jesus Christ,
       
      Preface for Meditation
       
      The cross of Christ is the door to heaven, the key to paradise, the downfall of
      the devil, the uplifting of mankind, the consolation of our imprisonment, the 
      prize for our freedom. The cross was the promise of the prophets, the triumph of
      kings and the ministry of priests. Tyrants are convicted by the cross and the
      mighty ones defeated, it lifts up the miserable and honors the poor. The cross
      is the end of darkness, the spreading of light, the flight of death, the ship of
      life and the kingdom of salvation.

       
      The cross brings us face to face with Jesus' suffering. He was alone -- all his
      disciples had deserted him except for his mother and three women along with
      John, the beloved disciple. And his death was agonizing and humiliating.
      Normally a crucified man could last for several days on a cross.  Jesus' had
      already been scourged, beaten with rods, and a crown of thorns pressed into his
      skull.  It is no wonder that he died mid-afternoon.   Pilate publicly heralded
      Jesus  "The King of the Jews" as he died upon the cross, no doubt to irritate
      and annoy the chief priests and Pharisees. We can find no greater proof of God's
      love for us than the willing sacrifice of his Son on the cross.  Jesus' last
      words, It is finished, express triumph rather than defeat. Jesus bowed his head
      and gave up his spirit knowing that the strife was now over and the battle was
      won. Even on the cross Jesus knew the joy of victory. What the Father sent him
      into the world to do has now been accomplished. Christ offered himself without
      blemish to God and he put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
       
      By the cross Christ draws everything to him. It is the kingdom of the Father,
      the scepter of the Son and the seal of the Holy Spirit, a witness to the total
      Trinity.
       
      Please find below Bible Reading passages:- 
       
      Fifth Sunday of Great Lent (Kpiptho/Crippled Woman) – 03/04
       
      * Evening
      * St. Luke10: 25-37 (passage attached)
      * Morning
      * St. Luke 7:11-17
      * Before Holy Qurbana
      * Genesis9: 1 -7
      * Jeremiah51: 1-9
      * Isaiah50: 1 - 5
      * Barazeera 51: 13 - 30
      * Holy Qurbana
      * I Peter3: 8-16
      * Romans12: 1-15
      * St. Luke13: 10-17 (passage attached)
       
      Click on this link to access Bible words online: Luke 10:25-37
       
      Verse of the day: St. Luke 10:27- He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with
      all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all
      your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself."

       
      Please find attached a prayer from Valiyanombile Namaskarakramam.
       
      With love & prayers,
       
      Prince Mathew

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