Malankara World Journal - Christian Spirituality from a Jacobite and Orthodox Perspective
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Themes: Murder of Innocents, Christmas, Childhood of Jesus
Volume 7 No. 453 December 25, 2017

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Christmas at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago
Christmas at St. John Cantius Church, Chicago

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


1. Foreword: Christmas

Christ came to this earth. God came near to you so you can come near to Him--to give your life purpose and meaning, to forgive you of your sins, and to give you the hope of heaven beyond the grave. ...

I. Martyrdom/Massacre of Infants Day

2. Bible Readings for Martyrdom of Infants (December 27) Lec_martyrdom_of_Infants.htm

3. Sermons for Martyrdom of Infants (December 27)

II. This Sunday in Church - 1st Sunday After Christmas

4. Bible Readings for This Sunday (December 31) Lec_1st_sunday_after-christmas.htm

5. Sermons for This Sunday (December 31) Sermon-of-the-week_1st-sunday-after-christmas.htm

6. Malankara World Advent and Christmas Supplements

To learn more about the spiritual significance of Christmas and Advent Season Malankara World has created special supplements so you can read all about them in depth. Click below to visit:

Malankara World Christmas Supplement Christmas/Default.htm

Malankara World Advent Supplement advent/Default.htm

From Malankara World Journal Archives

7. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Massacre of Innocents

Volume 5 No 321 December 26 2015
Martyrdom of Infants/ Christmas

8. Malankara World Journals with the Theme: Childhood of Jesus

Volume 5 No 256: January 3, 2015
Childhood of Jesus

III. Lectionary Reflections on Luke 2:41-52 - Boyhood of Jesus

9. Jesus Shows Us The Way to God

In the Temple, Mary expects Jesus to behave a certain way and Jesus expects his mother to know why he isn't. The problem is that Jesus and his parents have two different understandings of who Jesus' Father is. ...

10. Childhood of Jesus - The Art of Problem Solving

In the end, maybe that is the Gospel for us as we live out faithfully despite our inability to understand some things. The Gospel good news is that we do not have to. ...

11. Poem - If We Miss You

12. Jesus as The Model for The Apostles and The Leaders of The Church

In the gospel of Luke and the book of Acts, Jesus is the model for the apostles who are the leaders and models for the church. In the broad sense, then, the last line of this passage is a model for Christian education and child raising: to encourage children to increase in wisdom and in stature...

IV. Featured Articles: Massacre of Innocents

13. Jeremiah's Prophecy: Rachel Weeping

The pain experienced during the Babylonian Exile pointed to the pain experienced during the massacre in Bethlehem. The Babylonian Exile itself pointed ahead to Christ's own exile, from Bethlehem into a foreign land. ...

14. A Babe and the Babes of Bethlehem

Jesus sums up the history of Israel from the time of Abraham–from the time of David–from the time of the Exile. He is the final (last) Jew–he is the final (last) David–he is the final (eschatological) remnant. ...

15. The Weeping of Rachel

Rachel mourned for her children. That weeping is fulfilled here and that has occurred right after the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. But that word is also prophetic because we find it in Jeremiah. How does Jeremiah come to this word? In order to understand that, we must return to Genesis. ...

V. Supplement: Christmas

16. The Problem with Christmas

Christmas cannot be explained in a sermon, or a parable, or a simile. Power like this requires preparation, background, and study to even begin to grasp it. And in the end, even this is not enough. In the end - in the final moments of grasping at the wind - it is only Jesus who can fill it with meaning. ...

17. Through and Beyond Suffering: The Joy of Christmas

The problem with Christmas these days isn't with Jesus; it's with us. More precisely, it's with our "great expectations," to borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens. ...

18. From Mourning to Morning

Because of God's great love we always have hope! We endure difficult struggles not because of our own determination and resolve but because of God's great love. ...

19. The Scandal of Jesus' Birth

Without Jesus' heroic act, there would be no salvation. But at the first Christmas, in his own small way, Joseph had to make that same heroic choice first. That is the glory of this season. For at Christmas we celebrate the scandal-shrouded birth of the hero whom God sent into the world to join us in the scandal of our sin so that we might Live and not be destroyed. ...

20. The Christmas Light That Shines for You Today

When heaven touched earth and God came into the world, it was like the dawning of the day. He could've just appeared, but instead He smiled on the world and His light began to slowly shine. On that silent night so long ago, the light began to dawn. ...

V. General

21. Obituary: Sona Skaria Varghese, Plano, Texas

Although Sona had only 36 years in this world before she was called back to her eternal home, she had utilized that time well. Her faith was solid. She had raised her children teaching them about Christian faith and the need for prayer. She was loved by everyone who knew her. ...

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