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Great Lent Week 2, Prayer, Love
Volume 6 No. 331 February 12, 2016

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God Loves You

1. Foreword

Everything we do on earth is an act of prayer. When we serve the poor, it is prayer. When we help someone, like the friends of the paralytic did, it is an act of prayer. Everything we do on earth is a prayer to our savior. ...

This year, we have added a new series called 'In His Steps' to the Daily Great Lent Reading. This series examines the life of Jesus from his birth in Bethlehem to his death in Calvary and the resurrection on Easter Sunday. Important aspects of His public ministry will be covered every day so that when we reach Easter, we would have covered the whole life and mission of Jesus Christ. ...

I. 2nd Sunday in Great Lent in Church - 2nd Sunday in Great Lent

2. Bible Readings for 2nd Sunday in Great Lent (February 14) Lec_2nd_sunday_of_Great-Lent.htm

3. Sermons for 2nd Sunday in Great Lent (February 14)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Great Lent Week 2

Volume 5 No 265: February 20 2015
Volume 4 No 201: March 7, 2014
Volume 3 No 125: Feb 14 2013
Volume 2 No 58: February 25 2012
Volume 2 No 57: February 23 2012

II. Lectionary Reflections on 2nd Sunday of Great Lent

5. A Lent With Character

As part of lent, let us practice to reach out to people however they look like and whatever they believe in. Picture the scene of Jesus touching the person with leprosy and then see if we can replicate that! Get into the character of Jesus who touched the man when everyone else refused to. Reflect the character of Jesus by practicing lent. ...

6. 'He Touched Him' - A Reflection

We have a rich image to keep in mind in today's Gospel. In that yearly time of grace we are all called to allow ourselves to be touched by the same God and be cleansed of our own leprous sores. May this Eucharist provide a new way to open ourselves to God's healing grace who loves us in spite of our sin. ...

7. The Gift of a Leper

Jesus Christ provides us an example of God as Healer, as He took on our infirmities and cleansed us from all unrighteousness. The gift, which Moses commanded by order of the One who later became Jesus Christ, is really to us, that we might believe, have hope, and draw near to Him. The testimony, the witness, is to us. ,,,

III. Great Lent - Week 2 - Featured Articles

8. Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

9. Meditations and Reflections For Week 2 of Great Lent

Week 2 of Great Lent

10. Prayer Opens The Door for God

When we don't pray, what we're doing is closing the door to the Lord. And not praying is this: closing the door to the Lord, so that He can do nothing. On the other hand, prayer, in the face of a problem, a difficult situation, a calamity, is opening the door to the Lord so that He will come. So that He builds things, He knows to arrange things, to reorganize things. This is what praying is: opening the door to the Lord, so that he can do something. ...

11. Psalms - Prayers to God

What needs to be understood, and what makes the Psalms so interesting, is that they are not assembled at random. One leads to another, each prepares for the next, balancing or fulfilling it. These are the prayers of Israel, and the prayers of Jesus - the prayers Jesus learned and lived. ...

12. Teach Me to Pray

With a front-row seat to the life of Christ, what truly captured the disciples' attention was the way He prayed. Jesus had a habit of retreating from the demanding crowds and spending time alone in conversation with His Father, as seen in Mark 1:35. ...

13. On Humility in Prayer

There is an old teaching that basically goes: Many think of prayer as trying to get God to do your will. But true prayer is trying to understand what God's will is and do it. ...

14. The Prayer of Surrender

Let go of the demand to have power and control, approval, appreciation and affirmation and security and comfort. Then notice what happens. The peace of God that surpasses all understanding will come to guard your heart and mind in Christ. ...

15. Prayer to Our Father in Heaven

Our Father In Heaven,
Hallowed be Your Most Holy Name!
For You Alone Are Worthy of Our Worship,
For You Alone Are LORD,
You Alone Are the True God! ...

IV. Love - Valentine's Day Supplement

16. How's Your Love Life?

God says we are to love Him with all our heart, mind, body, soul and strength. But not only God; we are to love others. Those who are genuinely born of God not only love the Father, but the child born of Him. Thus Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment: we are to love one another even as He loves us (John 13:34 and 35). ....

17. Family: Five Unusual Ways to Show Biblical Love on Valentine's Day

These five ways of loving your spouse may seem impossible in moments of conflict or exhaustion, but take heart. You are not alone. You can invite the Holy Spirit to help you respond in kindness when you feel like lashing out. You can train your mind to give your spouse the benefit of the doubt. You can ask God to give you thick skin and a soft heart when your feelings get hurt. ...

18. Family Special: True Love

As a society, we've become more enthralled with falling in love than keeping the home fires burning. We dream of weddings, not marriage. We're more concerned with exhilarating moments than finding fulfillment in the mundane. ...

19. Family Special: Prayer - How Every Wife Can Fight Like a Warrior

Eventually I found myself choosing to battle rather than belittle, to praise rather than pester, to believe rather than despair. And one day I woke up and realized I was no longer blind to the gift of my husband. My prayers had granted me fresh vision. ...

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