Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Theme: Mid Lent, Exaltation of Cross
Volume 7 No. 404 March 21, 2017

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1. Foreword

The end or goal of fasting is not to make us suffer, nor to make us observe the rules faithfully and in the end, commit sin by quarrelling or boasting. The purpose of fasting is to convert, to repent and turn away from the worldliness of our being, and to enter into a spirit of love and communion with God. We miss the point if we don't understand the laws of God with the correct spirit of charity. ...

I. Mid-Lent in Church

2. Bible Readings for Mid-Lent (March 22)

3. Sermons for Mid-Lent (March 22)

4. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Mid Lent

II. Great Lent - Week 4 - Supplement

5. Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

Malankara World Great Lent Supplement

6. Meditations and Reflections For Week 4 of Great Lent

Week 4 of Great Lent

III. Lectionary Reflections

7. Homily on John 3:12-16 by John Chrysostom

Marvel not that I am to be lifted up that you may be saved, for this seems good to the Father, and He has so loved you as to give His Son for slaves, and ungrateful slaves. ...

8. Homily on John 3-17-20 by John Chrysostom

We do not pay the same penalties for the same sins, if we do wrong after Initiation. And this Paul declares, saying, He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, do you suppose, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the Covenant an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? Hebrews 10:28-29 ...

9. Christ Came Down to Be Lifted Up

We have lifted ourselves up in our sinful pride, even as the Israelites lifted themselves up in their own eyes, and in so doing sinned against the Lord and against Moses, and they were bitten by fiery serpents, just as Adam and Eve were spiritually bitten by the great fiery serpent that is the devil himself. ...

10. I Want to Walk As a Child of the Light

I want to walk as a child of the Light; I want to follow Jesus.
In him there is no darkness at all; shine in my heart, Lord Jesus....

IV. Featured Articles on Cross

11. Illuminations - At the Cross of Jesus

I've been to a chapel without a cross. It was converted from an old factory. The windowless inner "worship room" boasted electronic equipment for music and videos, but no cross. There's something wrong, in the sense of being crooked, bent, about a chapel without a cross. Quite different is the wisdom of a remarkable five-part hymn by one Edward Monro: "The Story of the Cross." ...

12. Astonishing Power of The Cross

Jesus has power over life and death as well as power to forgive sins. This is because he is the Creator of life. He who is life can surely restore life. Whoever believes in Christ has a spiritual life that death cannot conquer or diminish in any way. ...

13. Your Own Personal Jesus (Poem)

14. An Ordinary Cross

The symbol of the cross is an instrument of death. Far from ordinary, it suggests, at the very least, a love quite beyond us. Perhaps it is we who have become ordinary, our senses dulled to unconsciousness by the daily matters we give precedence. ...

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