Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from an Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: New Sunday,
Jesus Appears To Disciples and St. Thomas
Volume 6 No. 342 April 1, 2016

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Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1601
Caravaggio, The Incredulity of Saint Thomas, 1601

Eight days later, His disciples were again in the house,
and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut,
but Jesus came and stood among them, and said,
"Peace be with you." Then He said to Thomas,
"Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand,
and place it in My side; do not be faithless, but believing."
Thomas answered Him, "My Lord and my God!"

-John 20:26-28

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Foreword

Believing, after seeing the risen Christ, was a way limited to the apostolic generation. John was fully aware of this fact, thus subtly and powerfully projected another way, namely the way of believing without previously seeing, and more specifically of believing on the basis of the testimony of the apostolic eyewitnesses. ...

I. This Sunday in Church - New Sunday

2. Bible Readings for New Sunday (April 3)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Lectionary/ Lec_new_sunday.htm

3. Sermons for New Sunday (April 3)

http://www.MalankaraWorld.com/Library/Sermons/Sermon-of-the-week_new-sunday.htm

4. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: New Sunday

II. Lectionary Reflections

5. Jesus Appears to the Disciples

Text and Commentary. Like everyone else Thomas needed the grace of God to believe, but in addition to this grace he was given an exceptional proof; his faith would have had more merit had he accepted the testimony of the other Apostles. Revealed truths are normally transmitted by word, by the testimony of other people who, sent by Christ and aided by the Holy Spirit, preach the deposit of faith. ...

6. Finding Faith

The questions raised by our doubts can provide the guidance and the motivation to set out on our journey of faith, even when we don't understand what we're doing, even when we don't know where it will lead us. ...

7. A Body and Blood Thing

Even walking through the events of Holy Week - the emotion of the Last Supper, the anguish in Gethsemane, the denials of the disciples, the interrogation of Pilate, and the lonely way to Golgotha - we are well aware that though the cross is coming, so is the empty tomb. The dark story of Good Friday will indeed be answered by the light of Easter morning. ...

III. Featured Articles - Resurrection

8. The Great Cover-up: Evidence for Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection

Our faith is based squarely upon the acts of God in human history, and the contemporaneous evidence testifies to these acts. The God of the Bible is a personal, yet infinite God who became a man to walk among us and to redeem us. That's why Christian thinker Francis Schaeffer refers to "the God who is there" who "acts in history, answers prayers, and gives men reality in their lives." ...

9. Three Historical Facts About the Resurrection All Skeptics Must Reckon With

Christianity is not just a philosophy or a moral system; the entirety of the Christian faith depends on certain incredible historical facts. If certain things did not actually happen, then the whole religion is useless. ...

10. Did the Resurrection Really Happen?

The reliability of the Bible as a historical document has been demonstrated over and over. Historians and archaeologists continually affirm the accuracy of the Bible in matters of history. Further, the number of ancient manuscripts of the Bible far exceeds that of other ancient documents. ...

IV. General Weekly Features

11. Poem: Twilight Streams

A poem by Dr. Mercy Abraham

12. Recipe: Beef and Toasted Coconut Curry from Malaysia

The toasted coconut and other spices makes for quite an unusual curry. ...

13. Family Special: Five Ways to Know if You're a Good Spouse

God gave us a fool-proof formula in I Corinthians 13. If we followed God's Golden Rule regarding love, I bet almost, if not all, our discord in marriage would fade and disappear. So next time you're wondering how to be a good spouse, dive in, meditate on, and live out this famous verse. ...

14. Family Special: Parental Lessons to Avoid

Most children follow the example of their parents. Even as we move into adulthood and marriage, it is natural to mirror our parents' attitudes and actions. Following their examples can be positive and productive. But what some parents teach can also be difficult and destructive, or somewhere in between. ...

15. Self Improvement: Limitless Potential - Limiting Beliefs

Our limiting beliefs about our growth and potential may have been influenced by someone - the seed was planted - but we're choosing to water that plant and reinforce the limiting belief. ...

16. Let's Start a Movement of Kindness

Think about a time when someone did something kind for you. A smile from a stranger, an unexpected compliment, someone buying you coffee or lunch. A simple act of kindness is enough to change someone's day around for the better. Or even life. ...

17. Full of Sap and Spring at Age 93

I'm convinced that the more closely we stay connected to Jesus, the more fruitful we will be. The more we marinate in his word and open our hearts in prayer, the more we will blossom with spiritual fruit. ...

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