I. This Sunday in Church: 4th Sunday After Shunoyo
Bible Readings for This Sunday (September
Sermons for This Sunday (September
3. From Malankara World Journal Archives
Malankara World Journals with the Theme: No Honor in Hometown
Volume 5 No 303: September 4 2015
Theme: No Honor In Hometown
Jesus Not Welcome in His Hometown
For Jesus, this must have been frustrating. Of all the people in the world,
those closest to him would have been the first he would want to share good
things with. But it was not to be. He tried - but their incredulous response
stifled even his capacity to preach and to heal...
II. This Week's Featured Articles
5. Introduction: Conflicts Within Church
I hope that our laity, priests and bishops will listen to what Jesus said and
follow the methodology he suggested in resolving conflicts. "Divide and Rule" is
not the Christian Way.
The Church of Sinners - What Jesus Christ Had in Mind
The word, "church," is a very common word used by the Apostle Paul, but in the
four gospels, the word, "church," occurs only in two places - Matthew 18, and in Mathew 16.
This passage for today from Matthew 18 is describing the inevitable conflicts in the
church, and how to solve those conflicts with the Spirit, love and forgiveness
of Jesus. ...
Unity and Divisions in Church
How can we face the fact that God in His love gave His life for the lost
while we reject those for whom He died, ignore them, would like to rule them
out of our life because it would be so easy to live only with those people
who are no problem for us? ...
Reconciliation in Church
Church conflict, as an opportunity to practice reconciliation, can actually
be sacramental. ...
Why Do Many Miss Experiencing Jesus in Our Parishes? How Can We Change This?
There are many issues that keep people from experiencing his presence in
Church. There are also some practices we ought to better observe in order to
better manifest the presence of Jesus. Letís consider first some problems
and then some remedial practices. ...
On Serenity and Severity in Church Discipline
The Lord is saying to us, as for those scandalize others or fall into
repeated sin, they are going to have to answer to me one day. But as for
you, pray and work for their conversion, show mercy where possible, and
leave many things up the God. ...
III. General Weekly Features
Family Special: A Time to Be Silent
We urge you to think before you say hurtful and unkind words that will burn in
the memory of your spouse for many years. Protect your romantic relationship,
even when criticism seems justified. Your love for each other is a precious and
fragile flower. Treat it that way. ...
Family Special: Confronting the Irresponsible Spouse
Resentment can be a very informative emotion. Resentment tells us about our core
expectations, and can also enlighten us as to what is taking place, and what
isn't, in our relationships. ...
Are you Busy or a Busybody?
In my search to understand the truth about busyness, God led me to our key verse
for today from 2 Thessalonians 3:11: "We hear that some among you are idle and
disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies." ...
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