| During the weeks of Great Fast, the faithful reflect on and meditate over the public life of Jesus and especially on its culmination in his passion, death and burial. It is a God-given time for turning to one's own life more deeply and to become convinced of the abundant blessings of the loving God in the creation, the providential caring, the human fall, the helplessness of man to save himself, the promise of salvation, the redemption through His Son Jesus, the invaluable Gift of the Holy Spirit and the inheritance of the heavenly Kingdom. Continue reading...|
19 March 2017, Fourth Sunday of Sawma Ramba
|Importance of this day||Fourth Sunday of Sawma Ramba|
Click to read the Biblical reflections based on the readings, prepared by Father Joy Philip Kakkanattu, CMI.
|Qeryana I (Old Testament Reading I):||Genesis 11:1-9|
|Qeryana II (Old Testament Reading II):||Joshua 7:10-15|
|Engarta (Epistle Reading):||Romans 8:12-17|
|Evangalion (Gospel):||Matthew 21:23-44, Listen Recorded Bible in Malayalam (from the translation of Peshitta Bible)|
|Prayer of the day||Jesus the most gracious One, when Joshua's men did not carry out Your will, they were not victorious in their struggles to possess the promised land. May Your people always be faithful in their lives to their new covenant union with You, that they may triumph over all kinds of evil and sin during this holy season of the Great Fast, and thus participate in Your Paschal victory. Ocean of compassion and Fountain of mercy, grant us to live according to Your commandments. Then, defended by Your right hand and protected by Your mercy, we shall repent of our sins and atone for them by fasting and prayer. Grant us fruitful work in the mission of the Gospel, the good news that brings joy to the world. We shall glorify You by our works as faithful labourers in Your vineyard and praise You.|
| For Study, Reflection, Meditation, Celebration and Experimental Assimilation|
Mysteries of Jesus' Life, Passion, Death and Burial - He came to His own - they brought Him to the Cross - thickness and darkness of human sin - "Petratha" means a looking back - a salvific call to reconciliation - repair through prayer, penance and almsgiving.
Remembrance of dear Departed Ones
We enter Great Fast commemorating our Departed ones - let us continue to keep their memory all through this season through special prayer, penance and almsgiving, which are also the best means for our sanctification.
Credits: Liturgical Calendar 2009-10 published by Fr. Varghese Pathikulangara, CMI
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