CHRISTIAN NEWS MAGAZINE FOR KERALA MALAYALEE CHRISTIANS FROM INDIA AROUND THE WORLD
YEAR 2005-2010 DEVOTIONAL MESSAGES - ARCHEIVE 2005-2010
VOL:5-9 ISSUE 01-12
MAY 2011 VOL:10 ISSUE 05
HEALING OF THE BLIND MAN
By H.G. Yuhanon Mar Polycarpos Metropolition
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Ankamaly Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
St. Mary, Jesus’ disciples and many of our Church fathers have undergone many sufferings for the glorification of God. St. Paul appraise the thorn given to him was to keep himself from becoming conceited. At times our Lord uses such sufferings as a warning, so that we look back and take corrective measures on our paths and shortfalls. Especially, while we pass through the Holy Lent period, with a heart of repentance, we should be able to win the unification with God though the Holy Confession and the Holy Communion.
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APRIL 2011 VOL:10 ISSUE 04
A SEASON OF RENEWAL FOR ALL
By H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios Metropolition
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Prophet Isaiah was emphatic in arguing that lent and fasting are not just pious "obligatory Observances" for the people of God, but a trmendous tranforming force. The central theme of the preaching of Jesus Christ and earlier, of John the Baptist, was the call to repentance and renewal. All the three elemets - body, mind and soul, do participate in this ardurous process of Lent. The note in Isaiah specifically exhorts that lent is to accepted wholeheartedly as the time to repair and make anew.
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FEBRUARY 2011 VOL:10 ISSUE 02
HAGAR : THE INVISIBLE WOMAN
By Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa
[Diocesian Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Hagar was a obscure Egyptian slave woman triply oppressed by race, profession and gender. Hagar was an invisible slave in the family of Abraham. This unimportant member of the un-chosen people occupies an important place in the story of God’s relationship with the chosen people. When God sees Hagar He was not only seeing Hagar, but also many who are suppressed, persecuted, tortured and downtrodden. When Hagar sees God, she sees herself. When we open our eyes we see the spring of life, which is reason to live, a goal to live and promises to anticipation.
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JANUARY 2011 VOL:10 ISSUE 01
WHAT ARE WE SEARCHING FOR?
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
A babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger was the beginning of a new chapter in the history of humanity guided by God. The concept of Immanuel which means 'God with man', initiated a new chapter in the human history. The great fathers of our Church confessed and proclaimed “un-assumed are unsaved”. Our Lord assumed our poor and wretched situation not to make us materially wealthy but to make us whole and happy.
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DECEMBER 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 12
A SERIOUS PROPHETIC CALL AGAINST DEVASTATION
By Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Ruin and devastation in many aspects of life is a very common phenomenon of the modern world. Collapse in Politics, shambles of religion, rupture of family, alcohol and drug addictions, setback from natural calamities and epidemic diseases, financial crisis; all these are symptoms of destruction and devastation. Church stands in the place of prophets who laments and appeal the people for repentance and a comeback to Gospel.
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NOVEMBER 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 11
RENEWAL OF HOME
By Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese, Marthoma Church]
House of God is the homestead of entire homes of the world. For those who really want to see Jesus, the crowd is a stumbling block. While Jesus said that your house is My house, Jesus was accepting Zaccheus to the House of God. The renewal of the House of Lord takes place through the renewal of our earthly homes. The renewal of homes happens while accepting Jesus to our home. By becoming self, the host of the house of Zaccheus Jesus taught us the importance of mutuality. By the acceptance of Jesus into his house, Zaccheus underwent a transformation of heart.
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OCTOBER 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 10
ONE RELIGION OF LOVE OR SINGULARITY AND PLURALITY
By H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan
[Senior Metropolitan & President of Charity Trusts, Malankara Orthodox Church]
God is not faith or hope or conviction. Love is the essence of the compassionate God, while faith is a theological virtue, a gift of God. Divine Love has no boundaries, whereas faiths have boundaries. Love is eternal, uncreated, selfless and global, but faith is relative, personal, the capability of the image of God. Love is social but faith is personal. Love is global but faith is religious, ecclesial, sectarian.
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SEPTEMBER 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 09
SOCIAL EVILS IN VIEW OF SCRIPTURES
By Bishop Rt. Rev. Mar Sebastian Thekethecheril
[Diocesan Bishop of the Latin Catholic Diocese of Vijayapuram, Syro Malabar Catholic Church]
In the Old Testament, from time to time, the prophets heralded and confronted the evils in the society by which the nation was pushing headlong to destruction. Prophet Jeremiah warned of the destruction of those who continued to refuse repentance and its initial moderate consequences. In the New Testament time, whatever evils prevailed at the time of Lord is seen vividly in our contemporary era also. The cult of self and conspicuous consumption force us to view the human being as mere a commodity. All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society.
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AUGUST 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 08
JESUS SAID "EPHPHATHA!" THAT IS, "BE OPENED"
By Rt. Rev. Abraham Mar Paulose Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Quilon Diocese, Marthoma Church]
The creator sighed and groaned displaying His concern for the deformities of the creation. Jesus commenced to restore the perfection of creation in its original form through the Kingdom of God. Now the Holy Church is delegated and made accountable to groan for the defacement in the world. Church is a movement for the wholeness in a fragmented world. Church is entrusted with the mission of healing, the mission of compassion, the mission of opening which Lord Jesus Christ has commenced in this world as the ascend of the kingdom of God. Development through education should be the enlightening motivation of Christian mission.
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JULY 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 07
REPENTANCE AND DEDICATION
By H.G. Thomas Mar Athanasios Metropolitan
[Diocesian Metropolitan of Chengannur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Repentance and dedication occupies a prominent position in the formulation and composition of the Eastern Liturgical Practice and Worship. Repentance is the need and requisite of a repenting sinner and it is response to the Kingdom of God. The repentance and conversion of sinners on earth are matter of joy and rejoicing in heaven. Repentance is primarily a change of mind, heart and way of thinking.
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JUNE 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 06
THE DIVINE BREAD FROM HEAVEN
By Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa
[Diocesian Bishop of Delhi-Bombay Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Holy Eucharist is manifestation of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every Sunday when the holy Mass is consecrated it is a mini celebration of the Easter fiesta. When we commune with Lord's Table, we become a part of the body of the God Almighty. The communion is given for healing of the body and the soul. This is a meal of thanksgiving. The sacrament of Eucharist is a great mystery.
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MAY 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 05
MY FAITH IS MY EXPERIENCE
By H.G. Zachariahs Mar Nicholovas Metropolitan
[Asst. Diocesian Metropolitan of North East American Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
In Apostle Thomas we find a disciple who does not sustain with the knowledge from others. Apostle Thomas who brought the Gospel to our forefathers and ancestors teach us that the faith is not the experiences of others, but it is the sole experiences of our own. It is important to test what we believe by what we experience. Faith is pruned and fine tuned through experience, implying that our beliefs ought to remain consistent with our experience. There is no truth that will be contradicted by our experience.
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APRIL 2010 VOL:09 ISSUE 04
ST. STEPHEN - THE PROTOMARTYR OF CHRISTIANITY
By H.G. Dr. Zacharias Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan
[Diocesian Metropolitan of Chengannur-Mavelikara Diocese, Marthoma Church]
The first martyr of the Holy Church, Stephen was the crown of the cloud of the saints. Stephen witnessed Christ in public with his arguments replete with the Divine energy of the Scriptural authorities. In short, the theme of Stephen's discourse before the Council of Sanhedrin was, 'God outside Jerusalem and God outside Temple'. At the time of his martyrship Stephen experienced a theophany in that he saw both the Father and the Son in an open heaven. In the long chronicle of Christian martyrs, the story of Stephen stands out as one of the most moving and memorable.
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JUNE 2009 VOL:08 ISSUE 06
BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNITY
By H.G. Dr. Yokob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Cochin Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Tradition is a living and active process of passing on the faith based on the Scripture to each generation. Revelational Truth is to be found in the written books and in the unwritten Traditions. Apostolic Tradition encompasses what the apostles saw, witnessed, and later recorded in the books of the New Testament. Tradition is founded upon the Holy Trinity, it constantly proclaims the Gospel of Christ, and it is found within the boundaries of the Church and is expounded by the Fathers. Holy traditions are universal and timeless. It is in fulfillment of our Lord’s mandate to go and make disciples of all nations, that we find an authentic understanding of the church.
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APRIL 2009 VOL:08 ISSUE 04
THIRD MILLENNIUM AND THE UNITY OF MANKIND
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios
[Senior Metropolitan And President Of Charity Trust, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Urbanization is widening the gap between cities and the villages, between the rich and the poor. God is not faith and Hope, but God is Love. Love is the essence of God. Last commission of Lord Jesus Christ was to make disciples of all the nations and not to baptize a few people. The main question today is whether members of all religions or ideologies will love their enemies also and help them and share their suffering. Orthodoxy is not totally isolated conservatism, but the Truth of all religions accommodated in the fellowship of selfless love and respect to Human Right of others also.
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MARCH 2009 VOL:08 ISSUE 03
IMPORTANCE OF FASTING IN SPIRITUAL LIFE
By H.G. Mathews Mar Savarios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Kandanadu Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The basic foundation of fasting was the discovery of eastern ascetic stalwarts that physical discipline is essential for spiritual purgation. As per Christian tradition, fasting is preparation for feasts. Liberation from the bondage of sin is necessary to regain image and character given by God. Fasting is the period of repentance. It is the time to realize the power of God embedded in us. Fasting is the discovery of divine glory within us. Abstaining from certain food and some bodily relations cause our body not to imprison the soul.
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FEBRUARY 2009 VOL:08 ISSUE 02
CHALLENGES OF THE CALL OF GOD
By Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, Marthoma Church]
With the call of God, we should cut down the self made and unholy idols in our life. Honoring the creation than the creator and adorning the given things than the giver are synonymous to idol worshipping. God gives us all a commission to act very unexpectedly and at strange situations. When we return an obedient answer to them the divine calls become effectual and God can make us effectively instrumental for Him. Another important quality we should bear at the call of God is our humility.
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JANUARY 2009 VOL:08 ISSUE 01
ECUMENISM: THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION
By Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan
[Marthoma Valia Metropolitan, Marthoma Church]
Removal of God from the center of individual life and giving way for our selfish motivations had caused the world to loose God. In a broad sense, ecumenism is not only the unity of Christian Churches, but it is also the return of the entire creation to the creator God. After coming back to God the man should go together to world along with God. God calls us to accomplish reconciliation ministry to the World. Responding to this call is the greatest worship to God. All the churches should join together in this worship.
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DECEMBER 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 12
THE VALUE OF TIME
By H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of American Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Success in life depends on how we make use of time. Time passes away. But the works of time continue to abide. Time is the opportunity to work. It is the opportunity to do good and to grow in goodness. Whenever we get an opportunity to do something good, we shall not postpone it. We have made the best use of time when we are filled with love and when we fill others with love. Everyone in this world has infinite potentialities for good and evil. Let us therefore, make the best use of time, for the glory of God and the benefit of His Children.
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NOVEMBER 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 11
CHURCH AGAINST THE SOCIAL EVILS
By H.B. Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan
[Catholicose Designate & Diocesan Metropolitan of Kunnamkulam Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
One of the most devastating evil of our society is the problem of drinking liquor. The temperance question is the paramount issue of our state. The blending of evil with good or glorification of evil is the most devastating tendency of the contemporary society. Intoxication by liquor being a moral issue, it is a prime responsibility of the Church to lead temperance/prohibition movements. Christian Churches irrespective of denominations should become the hub of temperance activities.
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OCTOBER 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 10
DO NOT REPAY EVIL FOR EVIL
By H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of American Diocese, Malnkara Orthodox Church]
If we repay evil for evil, people will be tempted to do more evil to us and they will become our enemies. We have to train our children to forgive and love, from early childhood so that the future generation will be better. We are the children of the same God, to whom we are obliged for all that we are and all that we have. God is giving us everything that we need in spite of our unworthiness. Another reason why we should forgive and love people is the fact that all people are fellow being like ourselves.
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SEPTEMBER 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 09
REGENERATION THROUGH BAPTISM
By H.G. Mathews Mar Savarios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Kandanad Diocese, Malnkara Orthodox Church]
As Baptism is death with Christ and resurrection with Him, through it the believer is granted the blessings of salvation that is accomplished by the death of Christ on the Cross and His resurrection on the third day. be born again is to be born of the Spirit. Through the regeneration of Baptism we inherit three distinct experiences: Entry into Kingdom of God; Promise of Sonship and Eternal Life.
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AUGUST 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 08
LOVE FEAST OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD
By Rt. Rev. Abraham Mar Paulose Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kollam Diocese, Marthoma Church]
The Kingdom of God is identical to a Feast. The Holy Communion what we are partaking is the foretaste of the Kingdom of God. Discipleship is identical to a Feast. Word of God is a Feast. Blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of Lord and in His law he mediate day and night. Holy Communion is a Feast. Holy Eucharist, the Messianic banquet, is a rejoicing festivity and a sign of plenteousness or jubilation.
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JULY 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 07
'ARE WE NOT BROTHERS?'
By Rt. Rev. Dr. Zachariahs Mar Theophilus Suffragan Metropolitan
[Diocesian Metropolitan of Chengannur-Mavelikara Diocese, Marthoma Church]
One of the causes for the restlessness of our contemporary society is an indecent and improper riches. Exactly as the poverty is a big setback for the society, the riches are also a burden. The riches should not turn out as catalyst for breaking relations. Worldly wealth is given to us as a steward. It is not for the self-use, but it is to share with others; by which the giver and the taker both get joy out of it. The Christian way is not grabbing but it is sharing.
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JUNE 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 06
THE LOST SON
By Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa
[Diocesian Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Church]
For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Those who destroy themselves with foolish lusts, or deceive themselves with foolish hopes; they all are diseased persons, ardent enemy to their own cure. The son who is called prodigal had become loving son, no more he is prodigal. Those who are seen sanctified with this seal are the blessed.
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MAY 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 05
UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
By H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of American Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
Real love is unconditional and selfless. Our Lord is forgiving us and blessing us in every way. What we have to do is only to open our hearts to Him. He is knocking at the doors of our hearts. The same Lord full of unconditional love asks us to have the same love for others. Only when we have this selfless and unconditional love, we can have real and full heavenly bliss.
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APRIL 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 04
GREETINGS, FAVORED ONE!
By Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Bombay Diocese Marthoma Church]
In the Old Testament Grace is treated as promise and hope. But in the New Testament Grace became a gift through Jesus Christ. It is very significant that Mary become a witness for the dispensation of the Grace of God. The life of St. Mary reveals well to us that worldly prosperity is not a symbol of Grace of God. A true believer consider all his hardships as a fellowship with the passion of Jesus Christ.
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MARCH 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 03
MISSION ON THE RIVERSIDE
By Rt. Rev. Abraham Mar Paulose Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kollam Diocese Marthoma Church]
The ardency of the urban culture cast out the traditional true faith and mission and looks for neo-emotional spirituality which suit well to their modern lifestyle. It should be a serious thought that whether Church can reach out to these villages and extend the caring ministry to those people. The mission in the villages is not restricted for the propagation of the word of God alone, but it is to explore all their needs and extend helping hands for them to improve their life. Life is not for self-escape but it is for the salvation of others.
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FEBRUARY 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 02
PRAYER IN THE EASTERN CHURCH PERSPECTIVE
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Ivanios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Kottayam Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
The western style of prayers and sermons are logically gracious, benevolent and emotionally satisfying. The decisions we make in our life by our own will power will not suffice for solving our problems in our spiritual life. The Eastern Church prayer patterns not only lead us to the goal of spiritual life and bring about humility for the obedience to God but also that in itself is the step-by-step way to reach the spiritual goal of contemplation by the Grace of God. The prayer, fasting and worship lead us for a guard of the mind and internal purification.
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JANUARY 2008 VOL:07 ISSUE 01
SANCTIFYING POWER OF THE WORD OF GOD
By H.G. Dr. Zachariahs Mar Theophilus Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
The word of God sanctifies us. It is a great blessedness to delight in the word of the Lord and to meditate it day and night to keep an intimate acquaintance with it. The Holy scripture is synonym for the God Himself. Those who receive the word of God come near to God and become resembled with God. Eventually he becomes holy and Godly. The word of God is a powerful tool to bring out an addicted society with evils. The proclamation of the word of God is a sacrament. Sacrament is the act which sanctifies us.
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DECEMBER 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 12
FAMILY, STEWARDSHIP AND CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP
By H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Madras Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
Both in the East and West, the Family used to be a precious institution. Human civilization contemplate a proved advice on the one hand the strong tenure of family and family relationship, and on another an organic institute of religion. Family is a divinely established institution planted by God and it is sacred. Chastitity is valid in married life and more valid in unmarried life. We are kept in this world as steward and not as the owner. Christian leaders have the responsibility to keep the true meaning of leadership ready to serve and ready to sacrifice.
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NOVEMBER 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 11
TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD
By H.G. Mathews Mar Savarios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Kandanad Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
When we evaluate our bygone days we come to know that God was good to us all these days. David knew that it was the Lord that delivered him from the lion and the bear and gave praise to Him for that great achievement, and thence he infered, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. When we were in great distress in our past, when we walked through the valley of the shadow of death, when we were in utter desperation in all our evil occassions we enjoyed the goodness of God and we took comform in His arms.
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OCTOBER 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 10
MY DREAM ABOUT THE UNITY OF CHURCHES
By H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
The entrusted mission of the Church is huge and wide. Our commissioned mission is not to be confined for a small territory, but to extent it further to the extreme end of the world. The Church should be empowered and enforced to face the growing agnostics, atheist and skeptics in the society and to cope with the challenges of skepticism and mundaneness. Church should exhibit to the society warmth of the love of God. Church should be a stream of still water where thousands can drink from it and quench their spiritual thirst. Charity is one of the most needed faces of the Church.
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SEPTEMBER 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 09
SUCCUMB NOT TO INACTIVITY
By Rt. Rev. Isaac Mar Philaxenos Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kochi-Kottayam Diocese, MarThoma Church]
It is great failure for the Church and its faithful who are called and commissioned to be vigorously active, to run away from their entrusted mission. The anointed prophet of God was looking for a temporary relief with one piece of bread and meat. But God's plan with him was some thing great and He did not allow the prophet to be inactive. The miraculous preservation of the life of Jonah in the belly of a fish was the great care of God for the further services of Jonah.
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AUGUST 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 08
STAND FIRM IN LORD
By H.G. Arch Bishop Mar Andrews Thazhath
[Metropolitan ArchBishop of Trichur ArchDiocese, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church ]
Christ is hope for everybody, especially for Christians. He ‘makes the deaf hear and the mute speak’. He can instill in Christians an ardent desire to listen to and communicate with one another and speak together with Him the language of mutual love. It is an ardent wish of all those who respect and love Jesus, for 'that they may all be one'.
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JULY 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 07
MISSION UNITY THAN ORGANIC UNITY
By H.G. Joseph Mar Gregorios Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Kochin Diocese, Jacobite Syrian Church]
Aim of the manifestation of ecumenical movement was to create an inhabitable world. The prevailing social fascism, caste systems, poverty, atrocities against women, environmental deteriorations, divisive mentality, these all are the new challenges for the ecumenical growth. The divisive denominations of the Christian Churches are the wounds of the body of Christ. Every Christians and Christian denominations have the responsibility to heal the wounds of Christ. Ecumenism should not be shortened for the organizational activities. It should be the moving spirit of the mass.
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JUNE 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 06
MISSION WHICH PERCEIVE NEEDS OF MAN
By Most. Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan
[Marthoma Metropolitan, Marthoma Syrian Church]
Inter-relation between individuals and relation with God is the motivation of Church. By taking the deaf man away from the crowd, Jesus was establishing a small society or church of two people which responded to their needs. It is the responsibility of the church to wake a sleeping man in the congregation. Man should hear the need of world and Church and society should hear the need of man. This is the God's view. That should be the ultimate motivation of all our Christian congregations and evangelical assemblies.
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MAY 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 05
THE VOICE OF CRY AND HANDS OF CARE
By Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Thoeodosius Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Chennai-Banglore Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
We see a miniaturized church in those five people, the palsy and his friends who brought him to Jesus. To strengthen the helpless in the society is a commissioned mission of the Church. The mission of the church is to make the God in the Altar reachable to the mass. When Lord comes down to our midst, He absolves our sin, He heals our sickness, He gives wisdom to our mind and He strengthens our weakness. Lord opens enormous possibilities and makes our society and Church a part in the history as a continuation of the Gospel.
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APRIL 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 04
THE MORE WHO IS FORGIVEN, THE MORE HE LOVES
By Rt. Rev. Abraham Mar Paulose Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kollam Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
The root of tears, their very first and inexhaustible source, is repentance. The penitent woman's feelings of regrets and grief in her heart, pressed upon the fountains of tears in her eyes. So the tears are the most sincere expression of a broken heart. Salvation is the mission of Christ in this world and it is delivered through the true repentance. Redeemabilty of man is the basis of Holy Bible. Repentance needed for the Church, society, Country and the entire world.
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MARCH 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 03
RIGHT CHOICES OF DANIEL OVER HIS OPTIONS
By Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos Episcopa
[Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
The standard of life of a person is deeply depended on the selections or options he/she makes in his/her life at different stages of their life. 'One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.' Daniel was considered noble because of right choices at right time. Daniel could make his right choices out of three value-based attributes, Character over comforts, Discipline of devotional life and Love of God over life.
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FEBRUARY 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 02
CHRISTLY MESSAGE OF CHURCH FOR DESERT EXPERIENCE
By Rt. Rev. Yuyakim Mar Coorilos
[Diocesan Bishop of USA-Canada-Europe Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
God's word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. This world is governed by the power of darkness. Being in the darkness is a desert experience. presence of Christ and his gospel makes a desert place not only tolerable, but also desirable; it makes the wilderness a paradise. Church cannot run away from the fearful desert experience. As follower of Jesus our life should be a reminder to the world.
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JANUARY 2007 VOL:6 ISSUE 01
THE GREAT COMMISSION
By H.G. Joseph Mar Iraneous Saffragan Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Adoor-Thumpamon Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
With the power of Gospel a new world is possible. As per the promise of God a new earth and new sky will be formed. Miracles can happen by the courage of Gospel. It leads to peace, joy and abundance. Nothing is impossible by God. What is impossible by man is possible by God. Gospel asks for our humiliation to say, 'Me and my household had sinned against you."
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DECEMBER 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 12
THE DREADFULLNESS OF APOSTASY
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Chrysostomos
[Diocesian Asst. Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese Malankara Orthodox Church]
The author of Epistle to Hebrews very clearly describes in a serious manner of the dreadful nature and consequences to fall away after having gone so far in the profession of Christian faith. Those who are baptized in Christ are an enlightened class. Those who are merged with Christ in baptism always walk in light, taste the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, enjoy the Word of God and know the power of the world to come. By retracting from this enlightenment we are crucifying the Son of God afresh, and putting Him to open shame.
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NOVEMBER 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 11
THE NEW CULTURE OF THE CROSS
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius
[Diocesian Metropolitan of Trissur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
In the new culture based on the Cross of Christ, law never would become the final word. Rather, law shall work as a tool to make the culture established. What is primary is the relationship between each of the elements in creation. In the new law physical killing is not differentiated from the emotional or psychological torture and annihilation. The Culture of the Cross-is the culture of a just relationship and reconciliation.
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OCTOBER 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 10
GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE
By H.G. Thomas Mar Makarios
[Diocesian Bishop of Canada-Europe & Senior Metropolitan of American Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
As per the scripture reference, the seed of ecumenism was sowed by the birth of Jesus Christ. Angel Gabriel had proclaimed the event as; 'behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people'. Birth of Jesus was the rejoicing news of the entire religions of the world. So the ecumenism was first commenced and pronounced by the Angel Gabriel. Ecumenism is a mission of reality and that leads us for the unity with God.
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AUGUST 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 08
WEALTHY SON OF A WEALTHY FATHER
By Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas
[Diocesian Bishop of Delhi-Bombay Diocese Marthoma Church]
Contemporary tendency of man is to acquire wealth as much as one desires, by any illicit means. Bible does not say that being rich is sin. The Holy Bible distinguishes between possession of wealth and love of wealth and latter is condemned. Though Isaac grew richer in worldly riches, he was a man who became rich towards God. He worshipped God and he had clear vision of eternity. He lived in tents looking for the city, which has foundations lay by God, and utilized his wealth for service of public.
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JULY 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 07
'DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE'
By H.G. Arch Bishop Dr. Issac Mar Clemees
[Diocesian Bishop of Thiruvalla ArchDiocese, Malankara Catholic Church]
All ecumenical outfits elicit and pose a great campaign against divisive, self-motivated and unpleasant viewpoint of the society, organizations and churches with the back strength of the living Word of God and it volunteer for the mission of dedication to curtail the divisive evil of the society. The aim of ecumenical fellowship is to enhance our sharing nature in the society and to be the partakers of its growth and responsibilities. Do this intricate question hang around our private life? 'What shall I do to inherit eternal life?'
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JUNE 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 06
WHICH IS MINE AND WHICH IS THINE?
By H.G. Dr. Zachariahs Mar Theophilus Metropolitan
[Diocesan Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The Spices to anoint Jesus are symbol of good works and rules of charity. Ultimate aim of all these good deeds is to contemplate Jesus as Messiah and heed to the exhortation to sanctify our self and live an anointed life. Jesus had come to this world not to hate or destroy, but to love and preserve peace on earth and goodwill toward men. The attitude that all mine is at your disposal for the good of the society is that of Jesus and Christian are supposed to preserve the same.
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MAY 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 05
THE HANDCUFFED YOUTHHOOD
By Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa [
Diocesan Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Church]
To emulate our creator is the ultimate motive of education and it leads us to view our co-beings with compassion. The image of God in us should gleam brightly to our neighbor. Light with out life terrifies us; love without light cannot reach out. Light added to love generates life. As a father, David had the entire reason for the ruin of his son; Absalom indexed as misplaced devotion, delegated responsibility and squandered influence. Our youth should boldly bear the chain of truth for the sake of word of God and not as criminals.
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APRIL 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 04
INFANT BAPTISM ACCEPTABLE OR FORBIDDEN? [A STUDY]
By H.H. Basalios Marthoma Mathews II [Sixth Catholicose, Malankara Orthodox Church]
If the Spirit of God could hatch and form a new creation from lifeless material without form, and void; how much more the Spirit of God can work upon His living handiwork? Scriptures witness very authentically that children can receive the grace and blessings of God and above it they are chosen, separated and equipped for the special mission of God. Many early church fathers had witnessed in their ecclesiastical works that Infant Baptism was a holy tradition of the early century Christian Church.
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APRIL 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 04
HE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR
By Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan [Marthoma Metropolitan, Mar Thoma Church]
Hearing the word of God with our ears condenses to the obedience to God. The fertile ground which yields the fruits of Holy Spirit is an honest and reasonable heart well disposed towards the instruction and commandment of Lord. Our audibility towards the word of God converge of three steps: Our attentiveness to the Word of God, the words should assimilate to our hearts and the word of God should turn out as our life experience. As God loves the world, we should also love the world and in turn it is the love to God and His creation.
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MARCH 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 03
BEING BORN ANEW
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan [
Diocesan Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The dialogue between our Lord Jesus Christ and Nicodemus exposes the dichotomy between Judaism and Christianity. While Jesus represented the continued transformation that God schedule for this world, on one side; Nicodemus represented a static religion, on the other side. Jewish religion of Nicodemus with its static status has become symbol of ‘worldly’ and Jesus who is renewing continueously is ‘heavenly’. Through the incarnation of Jesus, God initiated to conceive an identity of renewal in mankind.
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FEBRUARY 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 02
TWENTIETH CENTURY: 'THE CENTURY OF ECUMENISM'
By H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Iraneous Saffragan Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Adoor Diocese and Saffragan Metropolitan, Marthoma Church]
The twentieth Century has been called ‘The Century of Ecumenism’, because of the enormous advances in structured Christian unity. With the concept of 'accept which are acceptable and respect which are unacceptable', the ecumenism could go forward to progress in its own way. Middle of the century witnessed the landmark event of modern ecumenism. For all enthusiastic ecumenists, this event is considered as an inspired and bold initiative for the ecumenical movement. World Council of Churches (WCC) embarked on its mission during 1948.
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JANUARY 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 01
INROADS INTO SALVATION
Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos [Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Regardless of age or dispensation, God is always the author of Salvation. Christianity is exclusively the religion of the salvation of the soul for life eternal. Salvation by faith never walks empty-handed, but it accompanies with assurance, which really affects our whole attitude and behavior as Christians. Assurance of salvation invigorates and reinforces the believer in his spiritual journey to actively incorporate their faith with human interactions with society in our daily lives.
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JANUARY 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 01
TRUE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Madras Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
In the broadest sense, the most extensive Christian fellowship signifies the entire Church of Christ with its all believers. Jesus Christ is the corner stone of the Church. As Christ is a living stone, all member stones are living. As the consummation of love is the beatitude of heaven, so the sincerity of love is the earnest of that blessedness. Those that live in fellowship of love and peace shall have the God of love and peace with them always.
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FEBRUARY 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 02
HOME LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST
Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa - [Diocesan Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
The Holy family of Jesus was a small one with three members: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. There was never been a holy and pious family like this and never it will be. Head of this family Joseph was just, righteous, and the protector of the family. Mary was fully surrendered, caring, respectful and treasured all doings and sayings of her son, which had emerged out as a beautiful Gospel for the salvation of mankind.
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MARCH 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 03
JUSTICE, MERCY AND HUMILITY : REQUISITES OF MAN
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan - Marthoma Metropolitan - Mar Thoma Church]
Whatever we deem good in this world are not always perfectly good. God is the only one who is truly good and all goodness is from God. The Good God require of us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him. All the humanity should turn towards God and should become ready to accept everybody whom God had accepted. A justifiable endeavor consolidates the needs of the people empathetically, finds remedies for their wants and act for the benefits of the society.
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APRIL 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 04
ARISE, STAND ERECT AND ACT
H.G. Mathews Mar Epiphanios Metropolitan [Diocesian Bishop of Quilon Diocese - Malankara Orthodox Church]
It is the divine enticement of the Spirit of God to the multitude of His believers who are the chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and His own people to arise and stand in His great might with all His strength endued. Holy Scripture exhorts us to arise from the sleep of sin, get nourished with the heavenly food, pray, shine and to go along with Jesus to embrace him and to suffer along with Him in order to show great diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope.
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MAY 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 05
'SIR, WE WISH TO SEE JESUS'
Rt. Rev. Joseph Mar Barnabas Episcopa [Diocesian Bishop of Delhi-Bombay Diocese - Marthoma Church]
There was only one supreme mission for Jesus Christ in this world. That message of Christ was definitely his death. The brazen serpent was lifted up by Moses; so was Christ lifted up upon the cross in His crucifixion. He was exalted and glorified in the midst of the humiliation and rejection that He suffered. The hope of Christian faith is through death. When Jesus was crucified, He was lifted up from the earth, as an ensign of beacon so as to draw the eyes and the hearts of all men unto him.
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JUNE 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 06
ECUMENISM, THE LIFELINE OF CHRISTIAN CHURCH
H.G. Mar Joseph Kallarangattu [Diocesan Bishop of Pala Diocese, Syro-Malabar Catholic Church]
Ecumenism was the lifeline of early Church. The Church is the body of Christ and a divided Church is against the very tenets of Christianity and teachings of Jesus Christ. The division in the Church does not converge to the truth, but it cause man to go astray from God. Ecumenism is a great vision and it is the call of God. We need a great spiritual rejuvenation for meeting our aim of unity in Christ.
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JULY 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 07
VICTORY THROUGH SURRENDER
H.G. Dr. Yokob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Madras Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
When the Holy Spirit strengthened the disciples of Jesus Christ, though they were very ordinary people, they could make unusual, unnatural and extraordinary claims. The lost communication among the creation and between creation and God was restored on day of Pentecost with the strength of Holy Spirit. In addition, the sacrament of reconciliation also was restored on that day. Love makes us for a total surrender to the will of God.
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AUGUST 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 08
ECUMENICAL UNITY IN GOD'S LOVE
H.B. Thomas Mar Themotheos Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Malabar Diocese & Catholicose Designate, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The high priestly prayer and intercession of our Lord Jesus to His father reveals His actual regard to the whole mankind to be in unity, exactly as Father and Son are one. Our privilege as Christian, to enjoy the sweetness and to receieve the divine riches of true worship of God should be shared to all whom we come in contact. One of the central themes in ecumenism is its involvement in justice, peace and life concerns.
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SEPTEMBER 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 09
REPENTANCE : THE REGENERATION FOR AGES
Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa [Diocesan Metropolitan of Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese, Marthoma Church]
True repentance is a great experience in our life of turning unto Lord and opening our heart fully to Lord and surrendering to Him with the interaction of Lord with our broken heart. Due to the involvement of the Holy Spirit of God, the effect is extended to entire society to which he is attached and in turn, it becomes an epoch making event for that age and for the history and eventually turns out as a great participation in building the Kingdom of God.
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OCTOBER 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 10
PLANNING A CHRISTIAN FAMILY
H.G. Yokob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Madras Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
A consistent prayer life is one of the most important agenda of planning the family. The family who pray together stay together. Whatsoever you would like that men should do to you, do you even so to them. Our Lord's words were of great comfort, solace and great hope of consolation. Choosing the good part is the luck of our life. The consolation word of Jesus will be accomplished in us when we have a master-in-charge of life.
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NOVEMBER 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 11
SINGLE ROSE CAN BE OUR GARDEN
Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa [Diocesan Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Bring the Love of God into our situation and all the humdrum; commonplace activities and normal events of any life and any family can be turned with flavor, fragrance, strength, intoxication and inspiration, to turn them into wine. Orchid and Anthorium are not always needed to make a garden. Flowers symbolize beauty and serenity and a single rose can be your garden. We should emerge out in victorious procession of a resurrection community.
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DECEMBER 2005 VOL:4 ISSUE 12
THE MIGHTY ONE HAS DONE GREAT THINGS
H.G. Thomas Mar Athanasios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Chengannoor Diocese and Synod Secretary, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Mary sung the song of praise when she had the meeting with her cousin Elizabeth. They were both with child of those pregnant births, and the prophecies and praises they both uttered upon that occasion. It is very beneficial and comfortable to consult those who are in the same case, that they may communicate experiences one to another. Prayer can change a child, especially by the pregnant mothers for their conceived child. All the providences we receive in our day to day life are the great work of mighty one.
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DECEMBER 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 12
RE-ESTABLISH GODLY LOVE IN OUR DAILY LIFE
Rt. Rev. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Theodosius Episcopa [Diocesan Metropolitan of Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Our Lord Jesus Christ commenced his public mission exhorting to repent and believe in the Gospel. John preached baptism introducing a new dispensation of repentance for the remission of sin. Our social dealings and day-to-day transactions should be more justified and righteous. Responding in faith to the will of God is real repentance and coming back to God. A real repentance is the renunciation of our sinly nature in totality, revealed by our spiritual convictions.
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NOVEMBER 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 11
ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE IN CHRIST
By H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Iraneous Saffragan Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Adoor Diocese and Saffragan Metropolitan, Marthoma Church]
In order to make a new world order possible, God's creation should be made appealing through a well composed human organization. A new world is possible only if man recognizes and accede his inconsistencies and humble himself for the corrections. Depending on God, when we endeavor to reunite all the fragmented factors, a new world becomes possible. This is the promise and assurance given by Jesus Christ.
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OCTOBER 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 10
LOVE, THE ESSENCE OF GOD IN THREE RELIGIONS
H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
God is not faith or hope; "God is love". Faith and hope are the essence of Man, Woman and Child. Love is the essence of God. Faith and hope are from below. Love of God is from above. Faith and hope has barriers, but divine love has no barriers. God's love gives rain to the just and the unjust.
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SEPTEMBER 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 09
ME THE HANDMAID OF LORD; BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO YOU
H.G. Abraham Mar Savarios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Idukki And Kandanad Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Mary, mother of God conquered the world by humiliating her and submitting her to Lord while uttering the words; let it be I am thy servant. This should be our constant prayer: Search me O' Lord, You know my heart, point out thing which you find to cast away in my life, keep me and lead me to to an everlasting life. Our last destination should be to reach to the everlasting life.
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AUGUST 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 08
IS THE CHURCH LOOSING ITS MISSION?
Rt. Rev. Yuyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa [Diocesan Bishop and President of Diocese of North America & Europe, Marthoma Syrian Church]
Modern day Church had gone weak, anemic, depleted and emaciated. An Artist had portrayed the contemporary church as a tree with all its leaves are shed off. The Church tree which is supposed to be grown with thick leaves, flowers and fruits so that the birds could lodge on it, people could benefit from the shade of it, and many could make living out of it, had gone to it's remains only with its stalk.
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JULY 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 07
BEING RICH TOWARDS GOD
Rt. Rev. Geevarghese Mar Athanasios Episcopa - [Diocesan Bishop of Ranni Diocese, Marthoma Syrian Church]
Who is the rich and who is the poor in story of Lazarus? The riches of the body will not enrich the soul; the sight of the body will not enlighten the soul. Let our aspiration and wish should be to become rich in the eyes of Lord. Our Lord was not an earthly rich. Though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, so that we might become rich through His poverty.
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JUNE 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 06
'LORD, YOU KNOW EVERYTHING'
H.G. Yokob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Madras Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. Real knowledge commence when we realize our ignorance. This is the greatest divine knowledge that God is expecting that we should have. First Peter denied Jesus, next he thought he knows and eventually he confessed that he does not know. Restoration of the commision of Peter is a great scene of Christian reconciliation.
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MAY 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 05
REACH JESUS CHRIST
H.G. Kuriakose Mar Savarios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Knynanya Diocese of Syrian Jacobite Church]
The real ecumenism is to reach Jesus Christ who is 'The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world'. We should capitalize the thought that even though the Churches are vivid, we are the partakers of the same faith and the same paternity. The Church should be able to see the world as one exactly as Jesus had seen the world as one.
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APRIL 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 04
BEHOLD A VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE
H.H. Basalios Marthoma Mathews II [Sixth Catholicose of Malankara Orthodox Church]
Simeon proclaimed that he could see the salvation of God with his own eyes. The solemn declaration he made here upon: he blessed God, and said, Lord, now let thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. It was a most honorable testimony borne to the Child by Simeon that this is the Child he and the whole Israel was waiting for.
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MARCH 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 03
RETURN TO FATHER'S HOUSE
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan - Marthoma Metropolitan - Mar Thoma Church]
Ascertainment of our prospects is influenced by the appropriation of our faculties, potential and liberty, we obtained. This loving father is the reflection of an old culture. The attitude and mentality of the father are not suitable for the modern world. The son believed that more comfort is available outside the house than in his father's house.
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FEBRUARY 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 02
IMITATE THOSE WHO MOVED, PROVED AND BRAVED
Most Rev. Dr. Yoohanon Ramban [Superior, Karuna Nilayam, Trivandrum - Malankara Orthodox Church]
The one, who got values and have the insight of our status in front of God, will never go astray from his principles. The Christian witness of Jesus Christ could aptly be accomplished at the place wherever we are, it may be our workplace, home or worshipping place.
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JANUARY 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 01
BIRTH OF CHRIST : AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
Rt. Rev. Yuyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa [Diocesan Bishop and President of Diocese of North America & Europe, Marthoma Syrian Church]
Birth of Jesus is an expression of God's love. It is the countenance of God's devotion to His creation. Hate regenerates hate until love stimulates to love. Christmas gives us the challenge to love, challenge to share and challenge to live.
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DECEMBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 12
CONCILIATION AMONG CHURCHES
H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
Digression from God, defeat any effort for conciliation among Churches. To accede with unification, we should be conscious of the underlying sin involved in separatism. Churches can reconcile each other only through the cross of Christ and in the model of Trinity.
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NOVEMBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 11
DO WE PRECISELY REALIZE JESUS?
Rt. Rev. Thomas Mar Timotheos [Diocesan Bishop of Kunnamkulam-Malabar Diocese, Marthoma Church]
God call and designate each person for a distinct mission. The designated mission may consume our time, ability, wealth and even life. Unless we realize the invisible presence of Jesus and give way of our Godly knowledge for a spiritual experience, we can not accomplish our mission.
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OCTOBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 10
WOMEN AND CHRISTIAN MISSION
Rt. Rev. Dr. Zachariahs Mar Theophilus Episcopa [Diocesan Bishop of Chennai-Kolkota & Malaysia-Singapore-Australia Diocese, Marthoma Church]
Women deserve high prominence in the society. Family relations and its security is to be identified as one of the important challenge of the society. The mission of women for the behavioral glorification in family relations is very crucial.
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SEPTEMBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 09
SELFISHNESS : MOTHER OF ALL EVILS
H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
The congenital nature of man, gives way to selfishness. Origin of all other evils are selfishness. Selfishness is a sin by birth. It is a quality of the beasts. If we do not feel compassion we are loveless and egocentric. We can eradiate evils only through the Godly love.
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AUGUST 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 08
WHERE IS THY BROTHER?
H.G. Joshua Mar Ignatius [Diocesan Aux. Bishop Of Trivandrum Arch Diocese, Malankara Catholic Church]
Due to the proliferations of social evils, man get subjugated to a culture which loves the obscurity and darkness than the life. Religion is the relationships between the man and God. We should constitute families and society which uphold the love of God and values of the Kingdom of God.
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JULY 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 07
WE ARE CHOSEN AND CALLED
H.G. Thomas Mar Themotheos Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan Kottayam & Outside Kerala, Syrian Jacobite Church President of Bible Society Of India]
All the Christians are chosen and called by God. As we enter into the third millennium, all the Christians around the world should be unified and should submit them self for the work of God to build His Kingdom. The Christian church is about to face the enormous challenge caused by the problems of modernity. Our contemplative society is facing multifarious problems caused by the circumstances, social clashes, religious fanaticism, terrorism etc.etc. Within all these adverseness, Christian values are to be accepted and respected.
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JUNE 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 06
LIGHT OF THE WORLD AND SALT OF THE EARTH
By H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Iraneous Saffragan Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Adoor Diocese and Saffragan Metropolitan, Marthoma Church]
The same Jesus, who told that He is the light of this world, tells us also that we are the light of this world. Instead of compulson, evangelism should call for to reach the rotten areas of the society and to recreate it. In our social life and in the circumstances where ever we are, God intend from all of our life is that people around us may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven.
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MAY 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 05
HOW TO FOLLOW JESUS?
By H.G. Paulose Mar Milithios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Kunnamkulam Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church]
It is a wrong notion in Christian life that leading a Pius life brings us all materialistic favours from God. The only answer of innocent suffering in our life is the imitation of our Lord’s suffering. To culminate our spirituality we need to deny our self, carry His Cross and follow him unto the last.
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MARCH 2004 VOL:3 ISSUE 03
HUMANITY, NEED OF THE TIME
Most Rev. Dr. Philipose Mar Chrysostum Metropolitan - Marthoma Metropolitan - Mar Thoma Church]
All those who refuse and reject the blessings of God are the grant sons of the prodigal son. Do we find any men in our society with humanity? The Church, which is the body of Christ, should reveal the nature of God. The Ministers of the Church should not defile God, but should reveal God through their life.
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FEBRUARY 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 02
COLD-SHOULDERING COLD-WAVE DEATHS
By Rev. Dr. Valsan Thampu[Maramon Convention Speaker & Member of Minority Commission, Church Of North India]
For us today, only deaths due to cross-border terrorism matter. We are callously apathetic to deaths resulting from State apathy that outnumber by far the victims of terrorism. At the root of the culture of terrorism is the tacit assumption that human life is a commodity to be played with in a political game. There can be absolutely no religious justification for terrorism of any kind.
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JANUARY 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 1A
MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS, MESSAGE OF JOY AND PEACE
By H.G. Bishop Mar Thomas Elavanal [Kalyan Diocese of Syro-Malabar Catholic Church]
The message of Christmas is the message of joy and peace. Peace in the result of all accepting and acknowledging each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and in love. This fraternity in charity presupposes forgiveness and reconciliation.
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OCTOBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 15
PASTORAL CHALLENGES OF THE ORTHODOX SYRIAN COMMUNITY IN AMERICA
By H.G. Zachariahs Mar Nicholovas[Asst. Metropolitan of American Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
A pastor without a well balance personal spirituality cannot sustain himself in the ministry. If he depends merely on his skills and for the sustainability of the ministry it is liable to fail.
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OCTOBER 2003 VOL:2 ISSUE 15
SHAREHOLDERS OF KINGDOM OF GOD
By H.G. Geevarghese Mar Coorilos [Diocesan Metropolitan of Mumbai Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
God Almighty displayed His love, mercy, concern and affection, attributes of the very nature of God, to uplift us and make use of us for building up of His Kingdom and extending His Grace and Blessings through mortals like you and me.
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AUGUST 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 13
'YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH'
Rt. Rev. Yuyakim Mar Coorilos Episcopa [Diocesan Bishop and President of Diocese of North America & Europe, Marthoma Syrian Church]
We are called to preserve the values of the Kingdom of God. For this, we should be well aware of the Kingdom values and then should strive to implement that in this world. We can see the moral degradation all around. The world is desperately looking for models but unfortunately we too have lost our witness because of the mask that we put.
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MAY 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 10
THE CHRISTIAN MESSAGE OF LOVE
H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
The Bible teaches us 'God is Love'. The theory of 'Love Your enemies and pray for your persecutors' is seen only in the teachings of Jesus Christ and nowhere in Old Testament or in any other religion. Understanding and truly following God, who is the incarnation of Love, could be done only by true Christians.
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MAY 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 10
STEWARDSHIP OF CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
H.G. Dr. Mathews Mar Savarios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Kandanad Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The Parable of the Talents told by Jesus (Matt 25:14-30) really illustrates the gifts given by God to a Christian and usage of the same according to the will and expectation of the Master, God. A well disciplined and ecclesiastical life enriched with prayers is expected from every Christians. Stewardship is a marvelous gift. So be vigilant in our life to hear from our Lord 'faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants' against that of the trembling voice 'You Wicked Servant'.
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APRIL 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 08
CHRISTIAN UNITY:NEED OF THE HOUR
Mr. John Joseph [Member of Minority Commission, Government of India]
If we Christians in India or many part of the world can't get united we can do nothing for this nation. Once we are united we can do wonders. Let us rise to the occasion. Let us united for the Nation development. To achieve more communal harmony our unity is required and thereby helping other communities, this should be our goal of life, this is the true Christianity.
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APRIL 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 07
EASTER: THE EVENT OF PEACE AND LOVE
H.G. Philipos Mar Eusabius [Diocesan Metropolitan of Thumpamon Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Easter ensures and guarantees us that all who believe in Jesus Christ will be raised from the dead by the Father. This event ensures and guarantees us that all who believe in Jesus Christ will be raised from the dead by the Father. According to St. Paul 'Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power'. The first word that Risen Lord utters is 'Peace be unto you'.
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MARCH 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 06
ONE NATION AND ONE CHURCH
By H.G. Dr. Joseph Mar Iraneous Saffragan Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Adoor Diocese and Saffragan Metropolitan, Marthoma Church]
In order to have reconciliation and establishment of peaces among the communities and the churches the best way is to accept the realities that we can accept and respect the realities on which we differ. The vision of one nation and one church with diverse manifestation of language, culture and faith will add the beauty of the oneness in the nation and the church, like the different colour flowers adds the beauty of the nature.
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MARCH 2006 VOL:5 ISSUE 03
OVERCOME EVIL WITH GOOD
By H.G. Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan [
Diocesan Metropolitan of Thrissur Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Most serious form of evil is slavery. Hence God and good are to be experienced in the effort for liberation. The question of liberation has been distorted and misinterpreted in the Church and so much watering has occurred. God was first experienced by Israel as a liberator. This liberation is to happen in all the areas of human life along with the life of the rest of the creation.
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FEBRUARY 2002 VOL:2 ISSUE 04
A MESSAGE TO ALL HUMANITY
H.G. Dr. Geevarghese Mar Osthathios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese & President of Charity Trusts , Malankara Orthodox Church]
Those who have the quest for the Absolute are human and others are sub -human. Unfortunately many humans are two - legged animals, who want only to eat, drink and be merry. Structural terrorism of exploitation, unfair trade, exploits industries, and wrong religions are the cause for the violent terrorism.
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FEBRUARY 2002 VOL:4 ISSUE 03
FORGIVE EVERYONE THAT IS INDEBTED TO US
H.G. Thomas Mar Athanasios Metropolitan [Diocesan Metropolitan of Chengannoor Diocese and Synod Secretary, Malankara Orthodox Church]
The Lord's prayer is connected to the historical contest of Jesus ministry. As the presence of the debt crisis dawned on the world, the reality of the world's interdependence becomes obvious. Jesus vision about the cancellation of debt becomes more relevant in this junction.
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JANUARY 2002 VOL:4 ISSUE 01
THE RIGHT TO HOPE
H.G. Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios Metropolitan [Diocesan Bishop of Madras Diocese, Malankara Orthodox Church]
Despite holocaust; like disasters overtaking the serenity of this Lovely Planet - Earth, the Human heart hopes for the best in the coming days. However, mankind just cannot float sitting on heap of anxiety, insecurity for-ever. Humanity needs to get back its right to hope. God is source of our Hope. He alone can open up the door of Hope before us: - 'a hope that never dies'.
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