The Malankara World Journal Issue 149 - Theme: St. Peter and St.
Paul - (June 27, 2013) is available online at:
TABLE OF CONTENTS Issue No: 149
Theme: St. Peter and St. Paul
1. Foreword: St. Peter, The Man Chosen to Lead the Church
Peter had to learn much about forgiveness, without any limits, and
humility, as all Christians must, if they are to extend the Church
of God as Peter did. This requires not mere human knowledge but
divine knowledge. We learn from St Peter's epistles in the New
Testament that human beings need to be sober and vigilant because,
in addition to the weakness of human nature and worldly concerns, we
have an opponent, the Devil, who roams abound like a roaring lion,
looking for someone to devour. ...
2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (June 30)
Feast of the Twelve Apostles
3. Sermons for This Sunday (June 30)
Sermons and Commentaries for the Feast of 12 Apostles
Sermons for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
4. Inspiration for Today: No Limits To What God Can Do!
I believe there is no limit to what God will do to save His
children. There is no prayer so great that He cannot answer it.
There is no injustice so overpowering that He cannot put it right.
God can bring healing to our souls and our bodies. ...
5. Featured: St. Peter and St. Paul
The liturgy and Christian art from the first century down to the
present day emphasize the friendship between Peter and Paul. In a
sermon St. John Chrysostom called the two "the apostle team."
Ancient pictures depict them as brothers, and in pictures of the
Twelve painted since the third century they occupy the places of
honor of the immediate right and left of the Lord. In the liturgy
their feast is celebrated on the day of their death, June 29. ...
6. Peter, The Fisherman
Simon appears in the Gospels with a determined and impulsive
character: he is ready to assert his own opinions even with force
(remember him using the sword in the Garden of Olives: cf. John
18:10ff.). At the same time he is also ingenuous and fearful, yet he
is honest, to the point of the most sincere repentance (cf. Matthew
7. Peter, The Apostle
Peter, who had promised absolute faithfulness, knows the bitterness
and humiliation of denial: The arrogant learns humility at his
expense. Peter, too, must learn that he is weak and in need of
forgiveness. When the mask finally falls and he understands the
truth of his weak heart of a believing sinner, he breaks out in
liberating tears of repentance. After this weeping, he is now ready
for his mission. ...
8. Peter: A Saint for the Rest of Us
Jesus does not ask us to be strong. He does not ask us to be
pioneers or leaders. He asks of us only what He asked of Peter: that
we follow Him. That is not always easy. If we know our weakness,
however, we have an advantage over those who think they are strong.
Then we will trust, as we try to follow our Master and Lord, not in
any strength of our own, but only and always in the strength of
Jesus Christ. ...
9. Saint Peter (Poem)
pray for me,
that like you,
I too may see
the risen Christ.
10. What Will Really Make You Happy?
Research shows that the happiest people do four basic things that
make the difference: they focus on what is good and positive in
their lives; cope effectively with life's inevitable challenges;
develop strong relationships; and pursue meaningful goals. ...
11. Family Special: When Apologizing Is Not Enough
When we insist on getting our own way - "I can apologize later!" -
we brutalize our colleagues, betray our loved ones, disappoint our
co-workers and insult our Lord. ...
12. Inspirational: Faith of a Little Girl and Miracle
'Well, I want to talk to you about my brother,' Tess answered. 'He's
really, really sick....and I want to buy a miracle.' ...
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
Malankara World Journal