Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: 1st Sunday After New Sunday
Volume 6 No. 343 April 8, 2016

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Mar Ignatius Noorona Jacobite Syriac Church, Checkara
Mar Ignatius Noorono Jacobite Syriac Church, Chenkara

One of the new churches built under the leadership of Very Rev.
Joseph Pukkunnel Cor Episcopa. Fr. Joseph had been popularly
described as 'Church Renovation Expert' because of the many new
and remodeled churches built under his leadership. Fr. Joseph went
to his eternal home on March 18, 2016. See story #15 (section IV)
in today's Journal. (Photo Courtesy of Jijo Joseph Flowerhill)


1. Foreword

If you want to be holy, if you seek meaning in your life, start looking into your own life and attacking your pride in all of its many forms. God will give you extraordinary light and the ultimate reward of holiness. For your holiness relies not on what you do, but on what you allow God to do through you. Have courage. God will perfect you. - Mother Angelica

I. This Sunday in Church

2. Bible Readings for 1st Sunday After New Sunday (April 10)

3. Sermons for 1st Sunday After New Sunday (April 10)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: 1st Sunday After New Sunday - Re-installation of Peter

II. Lectionary Reflections

5. Commentary on John 21 1-19

Embrace the reality of the fishermen doing something that might seem absurd to others and one who denied the Lord to become the rock that leads a church. ...

6. Dark Night Fishing or Resurrection?

When life gets difficult, when we become lost, confused, and afraid, when the changes of life are not want we wanted or think we deserve we tend to run away. We try to go back to the way it was before - to something safe, something familiar. ...

7. What Christ Does With Failure

This is about a failure so shocking that we still talk about it 2000 years later. There are really two parts to Peter's story-his three-fold denial the night Jesus was arrested and how Christ forgave and restored him. The first part depends wholly on Peter, the second wholly on Jesus.

Peter was in charge of his own failure.
Christ took charge of restoring him. ...

III. Featured Articles: Easter

8. Easter Joy

We don't celebrate Easter the way we celebrate Christmas. That is really kind of strange when you think about it, because without Easter, there would be no reason to celebrate Christmas. If there had been no resurrection, then Christ would have been born, lived and died in vain. There would be no New Testament, no church, no Christianity, and no hope. ...

10. Hymn: Christ the Lord Is Risen Today

The hymn, "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," written by Charles Wesley, is a grand celebration of the resurrection. This hymn perfectly capture the spirit of the season. The first line, "Christ the Lord is risen today," announces what we are celebrating. "Raise your joys and triumphs high," suggests how to celebrate. The Hallelujahs soar. ...

IV. This Week's Supplement - Tribute to V. Rev. Joseph Pukkunnel and Mother Angelica

11. The Serenity Prayer

Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him Forever in the next.

12. Dealing with Sorrow

God is gracious to His children amid times of human sorrow. Ultimately He will do away with mourning and pain forever (Rev. 21:4). Rejoice in that promise and be comforted by His wonderful grace!

13. Blessed Are Those Who Die in the Lord - A Meditation on the Christian Attitude toward Death

There are some legitimate reasons that we do not rush towards death; there are also some less legitimate reasons. In this post, I'd like to briefly speak to some of these. ...

14. Mother Angelica, Foundress of EWTN, Dies on Easter, 2016

The world has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Christianity in the United States and around the world. Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, passed away on March 27, 2016 after a lengthy struggle with the after-effects of a stroke. She was 92 years old. ...

15. Very Rev. Pukkunnel Joseph Cor Episcopa (1925-2019)

V Rev. Pukkunnel Joseph Cor Episcopa has gone to his eternal home on 18 March 2016. He was 91 years old. Achen was a very talented person. He was a noted educationist, Syriac scholar, Painter, Wood Carver, etc. etc. Like Da Vinci, achen's talents were multi dimensional and remarkable. ...

V. General Weekly Features

16. Recipe: Chicken Pakora

A great snack. A favorite of road-side fast food stalls in India.

17. Family Special: Top 10 Ways to Make Your Wife Happy

There are countless times in marriage when a husband and wife get their wires crossed. No wonder men are confused about how to make their wife happy! Efforts to make your wife happy may seem to backfire more often than not. Although the mystery between men and women is sure to continue, here are ten proven activities to make your wife happy. ...

18. Family Special: Seven Ways to Teach Your Kids Respect

As dads, we can raise a generation of girls and boys that respect others. Yet, it starts with us and our willingness to proactively engage the hearts and minds of our children. Here are seven ways to teach our children how to respect others that I've gleaned from friends and my own parenting experiences. ...

19. Management: Why I Love Micromanaging and You Should Too

Look, we all know jerk bosses who stick their nose into every little thing their people are doing, and basically try to drive the bus from the back seat. We also know perfectly good bosses who do the same kind of thing for a different and legitimate reason -- because they know the people doing the real work aren't yet ready to do it themselves. ...

20. Inspirational: Advice That Could Change Your Life

Let me give you some advice I received as a child that still resonates with me: in spite of your current challenges, the best is yet to come. ...

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