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We are now about to enter the fourth week of Lent. Time flies, isn't it?
Next Wednesday (March 14) represents the midpoint of the Holy Lent.
After the Holy Qurbana on Wednesday, the "Golgotha" will be erected in
the middle of the church. That cross will be there symbolically in the
midst of us through the ascension on May 17. We will have more to say
about this in the next week's edition.
This Sunday, the Daylight savings time officially starts in the US. This
is when the clocks "spring forward" an hour. We lose that one hour we
got when the clocks "fall back" an hour last Fall. Hope that you will
all be in time for the Holy Qurbana by waking up an hour earlier than
usual till our body clocks get adjusted to the new time.
This week, we meditate on Jesus Christ Healing the Canaanite woman's
daughter. As we recalled last time, the first sign/miracle performed by
Jesus was in Cana and it was done at the intercession of St. Mary. The
second one was done at the personal request of the leper. So, this was
an example of personal prayer. Last week, four friends brings a
paralyzed person to Jesus. Although they didn't directly ask Jesus (as
they were on the roof), their action spoke louder than any words, and
Jesus accepted their intercession and healed the paralyzed person. This
can be construed as an example of group intercession - like when we pray
in the church for a person in the hospital, etc.
This week's example of intercession by the woman for her daughter is an
illustration of a powerful intercession. She cannot be denied. She won't
take "no" for an answer! The disciples did everything they could to keep
her away; but she refused to go away! She knew what she wanted. She had
no hesitation to pray in public humiliating herself. In the end, Jesus
relented and grants her prayer. We learn from this that we should be
persistent in our prayer. We may not get an answer immediately; but if
we stays with it, our prayers will be answered.
The need for persistence in prayer (importunity) was illustrated by
Jesus in Luke 11:5-13. Our Lord has said in Luke 11:9-10
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will
find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks
receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
The Canaanite woman asked and she was rewarded.
This passage is also another illustration that God sometimes can be
persuaded to change his plan by our prayer with importunity. We saw an
example of this at the Marriage of Cana. Jesus initially told St. Mary
that "his time (for signs/miracles) haven't yet come." But he changed
his mind later and performed the miracle there. When the Canaanite woman
approaches Jesus, he ignored her and told her that his plan is to
deliver the gospel to the Jews first and later to the gentiles after his
death by the disciples. Canaanite woman convinces Jesus that Gentiles
needs his gospel now rather than later. Jesus, after much persuasion,
relents and his mission changed immediately. He started preaching
directly to the Gentiles. Do we need any more proof for the power of prayer?
Table of Contents Issue No: 61
1. Editor's Note
2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (March 11)
3. Fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Knanaitho/Canaanite woman)
4. Sermons for This Sunday (March 11)
5. Fourth Sunday of Great Lent (Knanaitho/Canaanite woman)
6. Inspiration for Today
The fruit of the Spirit is love.
7. Featured This Week: Under the Shadow of the Cross
It is very important to take a step back from our highly competitive,
fast-paced, over consuming, rat race and take a second look at ourselves
and ponder over the meaning of life and where we are headed. Lenten
season provides an occasion for that. The cross of Jesus Christ and his
life that led up to it provides a frame for a proper perspective on our
life and its pre-occupations. ...
8. Book Excerpt: School of Prayer - Lesson 27: Christ the High Priest
In His parting address, Jesus gives His disciples the full revelation of
what the New Life was to be, when once the kingdom of God had come in
power. In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, in union with Him the
heavenly Vine, in their going forth to witness and to suffer for Him,
they were to find their calling and their blessedness. ...
9. Seven Ways to Pray During Lent
Holy Week and Easter are 'big events' in the liturgical year of the
Church and in the spiritual life of a Christian. So, as Christians, we
prepare spiritually for these through the Lent. This means that, during
Lent, we rededicate ourselves to prayer. There are as many ways to pray
as there are prayers in this world, but a few prayer methods can help us
in particular to spiritually prepare ourselves during Lent. ...
10. Life's Greatest Science
Christians who neglect attendance at the church, or choose to deprive
themselves of fellowship with other Christians, miss out on life's
greatest science - learning about God. ...
11. How Can You Meditate on God’s Word?
Meditation is a combination of reviewing, repeating, reflecting,
thinking, analyzing, feeling and even enjoying. It is a physical,
intellectual and emotional activity—it involves our whole being. ...
12. Family: Three Marriage Lies
I know marriage pain and I know marriage redemption. Building a bridge
between those two realities isn’t easy but it is possible. .. Having a
good marriage is more about being the right partner than having the
right partner. ..
13. Comfort, Challenge
Too much comfort is dangerous. Literally.
14. Health: Feeling Traumatized by the World’s Upheaval? Tips for
Writing Off Emotional Pain
The unexpected blows experienced by so many Americans during the current
economic recession have left many dealing with what psychotherapist
Daniela Roher calls "recession stress disorder" – feelings of
helplessness, shame and betrayal, headaches, loss of appetite, insomnia,
15. Recipe: Chick Pea Coleslaw
A Lenten favorite
16. I Choose To Laugh
Awakened by the phone ringing at 11:35 p.m., I fumble for the receiver
beside my bed. Who would be calling at this time of night? "Mom, I'm not
in jail." The voice at the other end belongs to my 21-year-old daughter,
17. Top Ten Signs That Indicate You Might Be An Orthodox Christian
18. About Malankara World
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Dr. Jacob Mathew
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