Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Great Lent Week 5, Women in Jesus' Ministry
Volume 6 No. 335 March 4, 2016

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Sunrise in Colorado Springs by Dr. Jacob Mathew
Sunrise in Cheyenne Mountains, Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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1. Foreword

In this edition of MWJ, we feature 4 women who played  important roles in the ministry of Jesus. The society, at the time of Jesus, was very discriminatory and prejudicial against women. They were treated as slaves. Jesus comes to this world and treats women with respect. That was absolutely unthinkable at that time. ...

I. This Sunday in Church - 5th Sunday in Great Lent: Kliftho - Crippled Woman

2. Bible Readings for 5th Sunday in Great Lent (March 4) Lec_5th_sunday_of_Great-Lent.htm

3. Sermons for 5th Sunday in Great Lent (March 4)

4. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Great Lent Week 5

II. Lectionary Reflections on 5th Sunday of Great Lent

5. God Has a Dream

God has something better in store for the world. God has something better in store for every man, woman, and child who has ever walked upon the face of this earth. God has something better in store for God's creation and God's world. So go forth into that world and proclaim God's dream for us all. ...

6. The Power of Love

These women - both in this text from Luke and those in Magdalene - need not "look for love." When he shows up, they are overcome by the power of a love that pours itself out for them in Jesus Christ. And, by God's grace, they are never the same again. ...

III. Great Lent - Week 5 - Supplement

7. Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

8. Meditations and Reflections For Week 5 of Great Lent

Week 5 of Great Lent

IV. Featured: Women in Jesus' Ministry

9. Role of Women in Jesus' Ministry

It is remarkable that 3 out of six miracles selected by Holy Church to feature during the Holy Lent involves women. In two of those instances, the women were able to change Jesus' initial objection to performing the miracle too. Women played an important role in the ministry of Jesus Christ. ...

10. Jesus Praises a Poor Widow

Let us learn from this that Jesus turns the values of the world upside down. We look at the outside; God judges the heart. We look at the amount on the check; Jesus looks at what it cost us to make the gift. ...

11. Mary Magdalene - Messenger of Resurrection

Mary Magdalene was among the last at the cross to witness Christ's death and, following Joseph of Arimathea to see where Jesus' body would be laid, she was the last to leave His tomb after night had fallen. She was the first to visit the tomb on resurrection morning and the first to carry the news that Jesus had risen from the dead. ...

12. St. Martha of Good Deeds

God bless all the Marthas of the world. Nothing would get done without them. Someone has to make supper, someone has to get the kids ready for school, someone has to knit blankets for the new babies, someone has to take a meal to a sick person. ...

13. Mary: Extravagant Love

True love, deep love, honest-to-goodness love can't be explained. Even when you see it, you don't understand it. Judas had a good point, but so what? Love has its reasons, and those reasons can't always be spelled out. ...

14. MWJ Special Edition: Women's Role in Syriac Orthodox Church

One of the most misunderstood topic in our church is the role played by women in our church. Many people have the mistaken notion that women are treated inferior to men in our church and that is why we do not allow women to take up priestly duties in our church. This is wrong. The orthodox church gives equal importance to men and women in the church as they are both created in the image of God. But each play a separate role. Malankara World has produced a mega special on 'Women in Church' to discuss this topic. ...

15. Family Special: Mom's Advice

There's an old saying that faith is "caught, not taught." I imagine that the son caught a lot from this moment, about what it means to live out his faith and about the woman who is his mom. And isn't it great to know that the words of Jesus still apply to a grade-school bully in the 21st century?..

V. General Weekly Features

16. Inspirational: Finding God in the Park

Did a disenchanted elderly gentleman and a youth worried about his parents' upcoming divorce, find God in the Park? ...

17. Family Special: Nine Things Your Baby Would Say If Only She/he Could Talk

Your littlest angel, so recently making his or her appearance into this world, just might have a powerful message for you, if only those words could be spoken. Here are 9 things your bundle of joy may be bursting to tell you. ...

18. Family Special: Doing the Right Thing

Though the problems faced by the rest of us may be less challenging than those encountered by the Korstjens, each of us will confront some kind of hardship in the years ahead. How will we respond? ...

19. Change Your Behaviors To Become A More Inspiring Leader

Habits can be a trap for people in leadership positions whether they are in business, politics or another field. ...

20. About Malankara World

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