The Malankara World Journal Issue 123 - Theme: Ma'altho, The Song of
Simeon - (Jan 31, 2013) is available online at:
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Issue No: 123 Theme: The Song of Simeon
I am amazed that all these people mentioned in these stories - Mary,
Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon and Hannah - are just ordinary
people like you and me. They get transformed when they come in contact
with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. God can take any ordinary person and
transform him/her. God can make an ordinary person do extraordinary
things. Today's bible story gives us another opportunity to remind you
that it is not what you do for God that matters; it is what God can do
through you that is significant. Like Mary, let us say "Yes" when God
knocks at our door. We will be transformed too!
2. Bible Readings for Ma'altho (Feb 2)
3. Sermons for Ma'altho (Feb 2)
RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY, FEB 3: ANEEDE SUNDAY
4. Bible Readings for Aneede Sunday (Feb 3)
5. Sermons for Aneede Sunday (Feb 3)
6. Featured: Life After Death
Recently there have been many questions raised about what happens to the
soul when a person dies. The following sermon by St. John of San
Francisco outlines the (Russian) Orthodox teaching. ...
*ARTICLES BASED ON THE THEME THIS WEEK: MA'ALTHO*
7. Simeon - In the Spirit
Simeon, a Man of the Spirit: Luke tells us three times in this short
passage that Simeon was a man who was attentive to the Holy Spirit. The
"Holy Spirit was upon him" since "it had been revealed to him by the
Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah
of the Lord." Simeon was in conversation with the Spirit and learned to
listen to his holy inspirations. ...
8. Baby Jesus Presented in the Temple - Luke 2:21-40
When Jesus was just a newborn, He was like any other baby. He couldn't
walk or talk, He cried when He wanted to be fed, and He dirtied His
diapers regularly. Isn't it funny to think that God dirtied His diapers?
More than making us chuckle, however, it should make us realize how much
God must love us---He humbled Himself that much in order to save us from
our sins. ...
9. Meditation on Luke 2:22-35
Think about the Presentation when you go to Holy Qurbono this weekend.
As you see the priest consecrate the host, think about what he is doing
- offering Jesus to the Father. Joseph and Mary offered Jesus as a
helpless infant. But now he appears even more helpless, in the form of a
mere wafer of bread. But like Mary and Joseph, we know how much power,
love, and grace are contained in that small host: enough to cover the
sins of the whole world! Enough to make every one of us children of God! ...
10. The Canticles Of Christmas: The Song Of Simeon
For Simeon and Anna, and for those who recognized in the middle of all
the ordinary and predictable festivities of the past Christmas season,
for ALL who recognized Jesus for what he really is, his coming will be
like a divine unshakable foundation for their lives. ...
11. Watching for Light
Like those who first journeyed to set their eyes on the child born to
die, we move through long nights, often finding ourselves out of place,
in the dark, and straining to see more. The Christian story is a
declaration that Jesus can transform this watching and waiting, our
lives and our deaths, bringing light where death stings, where tears
discourage, and darkness haunts. "I wait for the Lord," sang the
psalmist, "my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the
Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait
for the morning." ...
12. An Ol' Man Named Simeon....
Simeon, a simple man who was saved by God in the promise of the coming
King in Jesus Christ, being filled with God's Spirit -- no different
that you or I in coming to faith we have been given [Ephesians 2],
seeing Jesus as the living word of God [John 1], telling Mary His mother
that Jesus was appointed for the fall and the rise of many in Israel...
for He will be a sign to Israel that many will oppose, and that the
sword that pierced Jesus own body and heart yet to come, will in kind --
pierce each man's own heart as to whether His Spirit is within them ...
*GENERAL INTEREST ARTICLES*
13. Health: Important Cold and Flu Information
Just because people around you are sick, you don't have to get sick,
too. You can keep yourself healthy by practicing a little proactive
prevention. And if you do catch a cold or flu, be mindful to help
protect others. ...
14. Recipe: Chicken Portobello
This chicken and mushroom combo makes for a nice dinner entree,
especially when served with some oven roasted herb potatoes. ...
15. Family: When You Have to Say No to Your Spouse
In our marriages we need mutual submission and respect, as the apostle
Paul wrote (see Ephesians 5:21-33). But we also need personal courage to
say no to one another when decency is twisted or when obedience to
little things would deny obedience to God's greater ways. The story of
Esther and Vashti illustrates this. ...
16. Comments on MWJ Issue 122: Holy Priesthood
17. Humor: Four Worms In Church
18. About Malankara World
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In HIS Service
Dr. Jacob Mathew
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