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Theme: The Road to Emmaus, 2nd Sunday After New Sunday
Volume 6 No. 344 April 15, 2016

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The Road to Emmaus

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. - Luke 24:13-15 (NKJV)

Photo: The Historic Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii.

Photographed and Copyright by Capt. Dr. Jacob Madhu Mathew, MD, FS, Malankara World Contributor.

The Hana Highway is a 64.4-mile long stretch of Hawaii Highway that connects Kahului with the town of Hana in east Maui.

In my opinion, the Road to Hana is the most spectacular drive in Maui (one of the Hawaiian Islands). It's a curvy coastal road with views of cliffs, beaches, waterfalls, and miles and miles of rainforest. (It reminds me of the trip to Kumily from Kottayam. What the Thekkady trip lacks is the spectacular beach views Mauian coast.)

It is a well paved road now, but you do need to be very careful when you drive on it because of the many sharp curves and one-lane bridges. (The one-lane bridges are maintained for historical interest, I think; but they also sport spectacular views of waterfalls.

Around the time of Christ, this road was probably just like the Road from Jerusalem to Emmaus, a difficult pathway connecting small hamlets, while still allowing one to enjoy the beauty of the creation of God and rest under the shade of the majestic trees lining the road. When I think of the Road to Emmaus, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Road to Hana. Road to Emmaus is 7 miles and takes a day to walk, the road to Hane is also a one day trip by car.


1. Foreword: Happy Fifth Birthday, Malankara World Journal

Today (April 15, 2016), we celebrate the fifth birthday of Malankara World Journal (In Kerala, the sixth birthday.) The parent website came into existence in 2009. So, Malankara World is seven years old now. ...

I. This Sunday in Church

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (April 17)

3. Sermons for This Sunday (April 17)

4. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Road to Emmaus

II. Lectionary Reflections

5. Christ in Samaria (John 4:31-42)

We discover that the Holy Spirit has caused this historical narrative which traces the actions of the Savior in Samaria, and which records the instructions He there gave to His disciples, to embody a perfect outline which sets forth the leading features of this present Era of Grace, during which God is taking out of the Gentiles a people for His name. ...

6. A View to the Harvest

The apostle Paul said in 1 Cor. 3, "I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." The one who plants and the one who waters both have a common purpose, to see a harvest for God. ...

7. Revival in Sychar

We should live our lives in such a way that people are attracted to Jesus. The most important thing that we can do is tell someone else about Jesus. ...

III. Featured Articles: Road to Emmaus

8. Mass on the Move: The Hidden Mass on the Road to Emmaus

Today's Gospel of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13ff) does more than present a resurrection appearance. It also presents the Mass in seminal form as I will show. In doing this, Luke and the Holy Spirit teach us that the Mass is the essential and most vivid way that we encounter Christ now. ...

9. Emmaus: From Despair to Joy

It was no ordinary grace before meals that the Lord had offered that evening in Emmaus. Compare the words used here to the words used at the last supper: he took the bread, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to his disciples (Luke 22:19). It was in the sacrament of his body and blood that they finally recognized him. ...

10. Home to Emmaus

Having followed Jesus all the way to Jerusalem, they've seen it all come to a horrific end. Their walk home was marked by grief and confusion. They, like the other disciples, were now also living with a sense of regret for all they did not do that they could have, should have done. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

11. Health: The Organ Of Healing

There are really three prongs to the health of our bodies - how well we take care of ourselves, our inner medicines that Murphy talks about, and our modern medicines that help us along. ...

12. Health: Fighting Flu The Natural Way

Nutritional Supplements May Help Keep Those Sniffling, Sneezing Symptoms at Bay. ...

13. Family Special: Five Parenting Mistakes That Are Unique to Millennial Moms

A millennial mom faces different parenting obstacles than those faced by moms in the past. There are always new advancements in technology, new studies and new ideas that change how parenting looks from one day to the next. ...

14. Family Special: Error Or Opportunity?

The next time your spouse fails you, you could cut him or her down in a torrent of angry words… or you could see a golden opportunity to encourage. ...

15. Family Special: Fuel for the Long Run - Preserving Marriages

More weddings at which I tie the knot result in strong marriages than end in divorce. Maybe that's because I won't officiate unless both partners can openly declare their trust in God. I also insist that they go through significant prenuptial counseling. ...

16. Inspirational: Are You Affecting the World?

This is your day to realize that you can choose to be affected by the world. Or you can choose to positively affect the world. ...

17. Senior Special: Outliving Your Retirement

3 Tips to Avoid Outliving Your Retirement Fund. Financial Experts Explain When It's OK to Play It Safe – and When It's Not. ...

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