Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
Malankara World Journal
Theme: Epiphany, Theophany/Denho (Baptism of Christ)
Volume 7 No. 392 January 5, 2017

1. Archbishop HE Yeldho Mor Titus - 13th Anniversary of Consecration as Bishop (January 4, 2017)

I. Denho Feast in Church (January 6)

2. Bible Readings for Denho Feast (January 6)

3. Sermons for Denho Feast (January 6)

II. This Sunday in Church

4. Bible Readings for This Sunday (January 8)

5. Sermons for This Sunday (January 8)

6. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: John The Baptist

Volume 6 No 323 January 5 2016
Volume 5 No 258: January 9 2015
Volume 3 No 119: January 10 2013

III. Lectionary Reflections: Theophany

7. Why Did Jesus Insist on Being Baptized

If baptism is necessary for the forgiveness of sins, why did Jesus insist on being baptized by his cousin, John? And if baptism, as St. Peter wrote, "now saves you … through the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet 3:21), why would the Messiah deem it appropriate, even necessary, to be baptized? ...

8. A Sermon On The Day Of Theophany

Today the nature of the waters is sanctified. Today the Son of God is baptized in the waters of the Jordan, having no need Himself of cleansing, but in order to cleanse the sinful human race from defilement. ...

9. The Feast of the Baptism of our Lord

God is revealed to us in all God's three-personed godliness in the moment of Jesus' baptism. It is a moment we uniquely recall when we baptize; when you were baptized. In communion, we call on the risen Jesus to be known to us in the breaking of the bread, but in baptism we expect all three persons of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, to be present and involved. ...

10. Theophany - The Baptism of the Lord

Today's Feast proves to the world that Christ is both God and man, that He has two natures. On the one hand, the Father calls Him 'My beloved Son' and the Spirit bears witness. On the other hand, as St John the Baptist shows in his humility that he is unworthy even to undo Christ's shoelaces, the sinless human nature of Christ did not need baptism. ...

11. Jesus - Who Simply Stood With Sinners

Jesus simply stood with sinners, with those who have been broken by life. Jesus, who felt no need to offer an explanation, but who simply stepped into the cleansing waters of baptism with all the rest of us who do, in fact, so need it. ...

IV. Supplement: Epiphany

12. Epiphany: the Festival of Adoration

When a soul perceives the light of Christ, that soul is compelled to adore. Thus do we hear in the Holy Gospel: "And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him." (Matthew 2:11). ...

13. Light in Darkness

From the very beginning, Jesus is worshipped by shepherds and angels, by commoners and royalty, and, perhaps more importantly, by Jews and Gentiles alike. The light that dawned with the birth of Jesus was a light that shines for all people (Jn. 1:4). ...

14. Exploding Light

All human beings are made in the image of God. We are like God. God is light and in God, there is no darkness at all. Because the spark or light of God is in each and every person, when we see exploding lights in the sky, we all go ooooooohhhh….ahhhhhh. All human beings react positively and appreciatively to light because we are made in the image of God; we are like God who is light itself and the light itself is in all of us. ...

15. Wise Men Still Seek Him

Seek the Lord. Not blindly, or haphazardly, but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit - thinking…praying…meditating on His word. ...

16. Gifts of Magi

V. General Weekly Features

17. 13 Foods That Help You Sleep

Eat your way to health, weight loss... And sleep!? These foods help you sleep  the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep each night. ...

18. Recipe: Apple Walnut Crisp

This fall-favorite dessert is perfect for any time of the year. Have all the taste of apple pie without any of the guilt. This sweet treat has only 160 calories per serving and is a perfect size for your next family get-together!

19. Family Special: Setting Goals for a Good Year of Marriage

More than good intentions, goals help you put in place concrete steps to create a different life, and a different kind of love. Goals are simply dreams with deadlines. So take some time to dream together! ...

20. Family Special: The Influence of Grandparents

Grandparents today are not only needed in a supportive role to their daughters and sons, a surprising number of them have been given full custody of their grandchildren. They raised their children many years ago and thought their parenting job was done. ...

21. The Number One Lesson I Learned from Stephen King

No matter how horrific your situation right now, no matter how dark the days seem, no matter how deep the dips in life have taken you, that there is always a shred of hope if you look to find it. ...

22. Happiness Is Intentional!

Happiness is intentional and it serves us best when we use it to serve others. Share a genuine smile and you bestow an undeniable gift to others. ...

23. It's Good for Your Character

God uses the routine, the difficult, even the painful to develop in us qualities of Christlike character that can be learned in no other way. ...

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