Therefore, Raskto wanted to betroth his soul with this Lord of Life. It is clear then why
he shunned any other betrothal. His young soul was longing for the best, the steadiest
and the highest. The Agorite monks helped only to grow the seed which was already deeply
rooted in Rastko's heart.
The Life of St. Sava
(The Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada,
St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville, Illinois, 1951.)
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
January 11-12 - Attended viewing and funeral service for Sally Bosnic Honsaker.
January 17 - Visited parishioner recently discharged from the hospital.
January 17 - Attended Shadeland Camp meeting, Diocesan Headquarters, Mars.
January 20 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital. Visited parishioner in rehab center.
January 20 - Blessed one home on occasion of parishioner's Slava.
From the Desert Fathers
A brother came to Scetis to visit Abba Moses and asked him for a word. The old man said to him,
'Go, sit in your cell, and your cell will teach you everything."
Sunday after Theophany -2006
Thirty-First Sunday after Pentecost
Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee. And leaving
Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and
Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,
Galilee of the Gentiles. The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time
Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the
disciples were, fo fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,
"Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again,
"Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this,
he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any,
they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the
twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him,
"We have seen the Lord." but he said to them, "Unless I see his hands and the print of the
nails, and place my finger in his side, I will not believe." Eight days later, his disciples
were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and
stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here,
and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless,
but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him "Have you believed
because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Many people hear these enduring words of the Lord Jesus Christ but not take them to heart.
Many people hear these enduring words of the Lord Jesus Christ but do not necessarily repent.
The Apostle Thomas wanted additional proof before believing Jesus Christ rose from the
dead. Thomas wanted to see the Risen Christ. He wanted to touch the Risen Christ.
The Apostle Thomas wanted proof beyond the testimony of the disciples who had seen the
Risen Christ. How many individuals throughout the world will hear the Gospel message of
Jesus Christ today? How many hearing the Gospel today will repent?
More than twenty centuries of evidence exists about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
How many people in the world today need additional proof that Jesus resurrected from the dead?
How many people today have heard the prophecies of Christ's resurrection and the
fulfillment of those prophecies and continue to doubt His resurrection?
The Holy Orthodox Church is in the time of the Afterfeast of Theophany. The Baptism of
Jesus Christ in the Jordan is prominent in the minds of Orthodox believers.
Priests are blessings homes. Families having St. John the Baptist as their patronal saint
have celebrated their Slava. Believers are blessed with and drink of the newly blessed holy
This is a time of joy in the Orthodox Church. The manifestation of the Holy Trinity is
proclaimed in the troparion for the Feast of Theophany. With the birth and baptism of
Jesus Christ fresh in the minds of believers and with Jesus Christ's resurrection
in the minds of believers, the message of repentance rings strongly at this time.
The Holy Apostle Thomas' declaration of "My Lord and my God!" has a place in the
vocabulary of each believer. The Risen Christ is before each of us. We need only open our eyes,
our minds and our hearts to experience the Risen Christ!
We hear in the Divine Liturgy "Receive the Body of Christ! Taste the Fountain of
Immortality." Lives are changed when believers repent. Lives are changed when believers are
forgiven. Lives are changed when believers partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
The Gospel is proclaimed throughout the year. Believers have the responsibility of making
the Gospel an integral part of their lives. Believers have the responsibility to draw near to
When the priest or deacon says: "In the fear of God and in faith draw near," the believer
is required to step forward. God helps the person wanting to repent. God helps the believer
wanting to be united in Christ through Holy Confession and Holy Communion.
True faith in Christ is recognized. True faith in Christ is never in vain. Jesus said:
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (Jn. 14:18)
Jesus provided reassurance when He said: "I am with you always,even to the end of the world."
The continuing presence of God and the faithfulness of God was recognized centuries and
centuries ago. The Psalmist David said: "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to
everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children."
Like the Apostle Thomas, our lives need to declare in word and in action Jesus as
"My Lord and my God.! Like the Apostle Thomas our lives need to reflect unequivocal belief
in the Risen Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 9 / January 22, 2006
Sunday after Theophany.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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