The Bible is God's word. In the Bible God speaks to us. The Bible was written by men inspired
by God. In the Bible, God revealed himself to us. Reading the Bible, we learn about God's
Holiness and about our sinfulness. Then, we learn in which way we can be saved from sin and
many other important matters.
(The Very Rev. Dr. Milan G. Popovich. Exposition of the Orthodox Faith
Published by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese in the United States of America and Canada, 1957, p. 3
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The martyrs of Kosovo past and present.
· The importance of Kosovo for the Serbian Orthodox Church.
· The confession of faith by the martyrs of Kosovo
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 19 - Blessed one home.
June 19 - Visited a family in the parish.
June 21 - Visited a family in the parish.
June 22 - Went to Diocesan Center.
June 22 - Visited Orthodox Christian in a nursing home.
June 23-24 - Travelled to Elizabeth, New Jersery for Christian Education meeting.
From the Desert Fathers
There was at that time a meeting at Scetis about a brother who had sinned. The Fathers spoke,
but Abba Peor kept silence. Later, he got up and went out: he took a sack, filled it with
sand and carried it on his shoulder. He put a little sand also into a small bag which he
carried in front of him. When the Fathers asked him what this meant, he said: "In this sack
which contains much sand, are my sins which are many; I have put them behind me so as not
to be troubled about them and so as not to weep; and see here are the little sins of my
brother which hare in front of me and I spend my time judging them. This is not right,
I ought rather to carry my sins in front of me and concern myself with them, begging God to
forgive me for them.' The Fathers stood up and said, 'Truly, this is the way of salvation.'
The Second Sunday After Pentecost - 2006
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew
his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them,
"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and
followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee,
and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets.
He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of
the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
The Gospel message for today is a "call" to follow Jesus Christ. Each person receives
the "call" to follow Christ in every time segment throughout the day.
At every moment of our lives we chose to follow Christ, to deny Christ, or to remove
ourselves from Christ. We are constantly making decisions regarding our life and Christ.
We have minds to consciously think about Christ. We have hearts to open to Christ.
We have homes to open to Christ. Our lives can be transformed by Christ.
We limit our growth in Christ by our commitment to Christ. When we give all to Christ
in love and faith, we can do so with confidence. Believers following Christ never have cause
The present Gospel speaks about the call to the Holy Apostles. Every person has the
opportunity to follow Christ. Every person has the opportunity to confess Christ by the
way he or she lives.
Every person has the opportunity to study Christ. Every person has the opportunity to
find the meaning of life in Christ. Every person has the opportunity to find the fulness
of life in Christ.
Too often believers engage in activities that are not productive. Too often believers
engage in activities that do not lead to growth in Christ.
The fast periods of the Church enable believers to return to Christ. The fast periods
of the Church enable believers to renew their focus on Christ.
The life in Christ is a life of joy. The life in Christ is a life resting in the Cross
of Christ. The life in Christ develops in the light of the Resurrection.
Serious believers look to Jesus Christ as the "author and finisher" of the faith
(Heb. 12:2) Always we must return to Christ. Always we must read
about Christ. We must read the words of Christ in the Holy Gospel.
When we are depressed, when we are at out lowest point in life, there is no substitution
for reading the Holy Gospel. There is no adequate substitution for partaking of the Precious
Body and Blood of Christ.
The New Testament gives believers facts about the Lord Jesus Christ. No adequate
substitutes in daily Christian life for the serious reading of the New Testament.
Believers need to set priorities in life.
Reading the New Tesament is a priority for believers.
Believers benefit from thinking about the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Believers benefit from the Gospel account of Christ's birth, death and resurrection.
Believers benefit from the Gospel account of Christ's Transfiguration.
Time is best viewed when viewed through the words of Christ. Illness is best understood
when understood through the words of Christ. Health is best understood when viewed in context
of Christ's teachings.
Thinking about Jesus Christ seems obvious to believers. The stresses of modern life,
the temptations of modern life, the demands of modern life can draw a person away from Christ.
A believer can become distracted.
Forgiveness of sins and new life in Christ is possible for the believers.
Trust in Christ is necessary. Understanding the Cross is part of Christian life is necessary.
Change through the life in Christ requires a lasting effort. The life in Christ lasts
from Holy Baptism until departure from this life. Good use of the mind is made when considering
Christ throughout the day. Good use of the heart is made when the heart is opened to Christ.
Giving thanks to Jesus Christ is an act of appreciation. Following Christ entails giving
thanks to Christ. Following Christ entails being nourished by Christ.
Peter, Andrew, James and John invested their lives in Christ. We do well to invest our
lives in Christ. An investment in Christ is an investment in the Kingdom of God.
The time of life is precious time. Turning our lives over to Christ is an act of faith
not to be forgotten.
While time exists, let us give our lives to Christ
Let us keep Christ foremost in our hearts and minds. Let the Precious Name
of the Lord Jesus Christ be repeated prayerfully throughout each day,
beseeching His great mercy for the salvation of our souls.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 12 / June 25, 2006
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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