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Mayaltho – Presentation of our LORD in the temple (Medical Mission Sunday) Luke 2:22-39
Vs 22 - When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
Today we are celebrating the entry of baby Jesus into the temple. This event is called Mayaltho in Syriac which simply means entry. Following the birth of a son in a Jewish family, the mother had to wait for 40 days before going to the temple to offer sacrifice for her purification. The firstborn of both people and animals were to be dedicated to the Lord. The firstborn of the people were to serve God throughout their lives. In 1 Samuel chapter 1 we read about Hannah dedicating her firstborn son Samuel to the Lord.
What can we offer to the Lord today? Christ sacrificed himself once and for all and it was the best sacrifice ever offered by anyone to God. His sacrifice completes us (Heb. 10:14). The senior citizens Simeon and prophet Anna from the given passage, waited day and night in the presence of the Lord. Their wait enabled them to see the salvation.
We need to learn to wait upon the Lord and experience His divine ways in our lives. This wait purifies us and teaches us to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to Lord.
Teach me to wait upon You Oh Lord. Touch me. Purify me. Lord, rekindle my faith with your love. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
We are called to serve Him. We are his chosen heritage. Therefore we must offer the best and the right sacrifice to the Lord.
Rev. Pramod M Thomas, Bethel MTC, Kolar Road, Bhopal Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of