Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Mary Visits Elizabeth, Humility
Volume 7 No. 449 December 1, 2017

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Madonna of Humility, CMA, Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World
Madonna of Humility, Late 1370s
Tempera and Gold on Wood Panel
Caterino Veneziano (Italian, active 1362-1382)
(Cleveland Museum of Art)

The Madonna is shown seated on the ground as she nurses the infant Christ in a
style of depiction called the "Madonna (or Virgin) of Humility." Humility was a
virtue extolled by St. Francis.

Photo by Dr. Jacob Mathew, Malankara World


The Yeldho Lent begins for Malankara on Dec 1 and for Syriacs on Dec 15.

1. Foreword: The Faith and Humility of Virgin Mary

When we meditate on the Annunciation to St. Mary and the subsequent journey of St. Mary to her cousin Elizabeth in the Hill Country, the two things that come into our mind are the faith and humility of Virgin Mary. ...

I. This Sunday in Church: Mary Visits Elizabeth

2. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 3)

3. Sermons for This Sunday (December 3)

4. From Malankara World Journal Archives

Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Magnificat - Mary Visits Elizabeth

Volume 6 No 386 Nov 25 2016
Volume 5 No 316: November 27 2015
Volume 4 No 249: November 28, 2014

Volume 2 No 111: Nov 29 2012

5. Malankara World Supplement on St. Mary

For more articles, hymns, prayers, and eBooks on St. Mary, please visit Malankara World Supplement on St. Mary here:

II. Lectionary Reflections

6. A Summary of our Salvation

 Jesus initiated a process that was not meant to conquer the world politically. Rather, it was a process whereby His truth and grace would be proclaimed and those who accept these gifts would be able to come to greater and more lasting peace. ...

7. Visitation: When You Need a Helping Hand

Christmas is approaching, and in Luke 1 God gives us a beautiful picture of what it looks like when He gives the gift of friendship to help us in difficult situations. He joins together a young woman, Mary, with an older woman, Elizabeth, and encourages both of them in the linking. If we'll zoom in a little, there are some important lessons for us. ...

8. ഏലിശ്ബായുടെ അടുത്തേക്കുള്ള പരി. മറിയാമിന്റെ യാത്ര

9. The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy

O what a novel and wonderful mystery! John has not yet been born but already he gives voice with his bounds; he has not yet appeared but already he manifests signs of his presence; he cannot yet cry and already he is heard through what he does; as yet he has not begun his life and already he is preaching about God...

10. Visitation And Advent

Sometimes, Luke's Gospel is called the Gospel of the Holy Spirit because it talks so much about how the Spirit is working in the world. At times, biblical scholars also call it the Gospel of Great Joy because the word "joy" appears so frequently. ...

III. Featured This Week: Humility

11. Pride & Humility

Humility is a subject that great thinkers of the world take seriously. Jesus put it this way, "whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Matthew 23:12). What is authentic humility? ...

12. The Importance of Humility

Humility is fundamental to spiritual growth and blessing. Though you may have read your Bible, prayed, gone to church all your life, or even founded churches, if you aren't walking in humility, you aren't walking a worthy walk. The worthy walk begins with "all humility."...

13. Not What You Wanted?

God gives grace to the humble. That is, those who humbly submit their desires to God and trust Him as the sovereign provider of needs are given grace. Grace is the desire and ability to obey God and respond in a way that pleases Him. ...

14. Four Reasons to Pursue Humility

Pride has terrible consequences; humility brings blessing. Proverbs 18:12 says, "Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor." ...

15. Close to the Ground - Tax Collector and The Pharisee

Luke's consistent message is, "Thanks to Jesus Christ, everything will be turned upside down." ... "All who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted." ...

16. St. Francis of Assisi's Humility

Humility appears to us essentially as truth. "I asked myself one day," wrote Saint Teresa of Avila, "why the Lord so loves humility and suddenly there came to my mind, without any reflection on my part, that it must be because he is total Truth, and humility is truth." ...

17. Humility and Exaltation

Our life in Christ is a banquet, and our host is the Lord of hosts, and if we come in humility to take the lowest place, the place of service, he will come and say to us, "Friend, come up higher."  ...

18. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Humility

Volume 7 No 441 Oct 13, 2017
Volume 6 No 384 Nov 18 2016
Volume 6 No 379 Oct 14 2016
Volume 6 No 365 Sep 1 2016
Volume 6 No 363 Aug 19 2016
Volume 5 No 297: July 31 2015
Volume 5 No 296: July 24 2015
Volume 4 No 242: October 17, 2014
Volume 3 No 179: November 21 2013

IV. General Weekly Features

19. Recipe: Duck Curry (In Malayalam)

20. Recipe: Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad

21. Family Special: 40 Lessons We Sought to Teach Our Children

Raising children requires huge chunks of time, prayer, discipline, involvement, and relationship-building. This list of values and traits has helped us focus on biblical priorities in raising children to become mature adults of faith and godly character. ...

22. Family Special: 8 Ways to Eliminate Emotional Baggage and Rebuild Love

Cultivate a closer connection with your spouse by removing the baggage and rebuilding love. Sometimes it's as simple as developing new habits out of impulsive acts of love.  ...

23. Choose Being Kind Over Being Right

The reason we are tempted to put others down, correct them, or show them how we're right and they're wrong is that our ego mistakenly believes that if we point out how someone else is wrong, we must be right, and therefore we will feel better. ...

24. Why Even Ambitious People Rarely Become Successful

Many people want something more for themselves. They have dreams and ambitions. Yet, few of these people ever get what they intended. ...

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