Man is the center of all that is created in this world and as such brings together all
creation, making of it one single physical world. The chief meaning of man's life in this
world and his final goal is, among other things, to have a share in the divine life.
Because man does not possess a completely independent in relation to God, he must gravitate
toward a union with God. Union with man is not necessary to God, but union with God is
necessary to man. By uniting himself with God in a communion, man begins to realize his
goal already in this earthly life.
(Protopresbyter Stavrofor Dr. Nedeljko Grgurevich.
The Eucharist as Sacrifice.
Johnstown, Pa. 1993, p. 23
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 9 - Attended the dinner for Bill Kovach.
July ll - Blessed a home in Uniontown.
July 13 - Went to Shadeland Camp for orientation. Went to Diocesan Center.
Served pomen for +Sara Krnich in Pittsburgh.
July 14 - Served Funeral Service for +Sara Krnich in Holy Trinity Cathedral.
July 14 - Visited parish family at home. Served Akathist during the visit.
July 15 - Served in wedding of Stevan and Dragana Arbutina held at Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngstown, Ohio.
From the Desert Fathers
When Abba Romanus was at the point of death, his disciples gathered round him and said,
'How ought we to conduct ourselves?' The old man said to them, 'I do not think I have
ever told one of you to do something, without first having made the decision not to get
angry, if what I said were not done; and so we have lived in peace all our days.'
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two
demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could
pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You, Jesus,
You Son of God?" Have You come here to torment us before the time? Now a good way off
from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying,
"If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them,
"Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole
herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything,
including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came
out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
To find internal peace under all circumstances, it is absolutely necessary to be focused
on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is absolutely necessary to keep one's personal life dedicated
to Christ, to the life in Christ.
To find internal peace under all circumstances, it is absolutely necessary to steel the
mind on Christ. It is absolutely necessary to pray to Jesus Christ with great constancy.
Events will arise threatening distraction from Christ. Family members and friends
may make attractive appeals that really are distractive from the life in Christ.
Steady internal peace requires the vision of the life in Christ. Firm commitment
is necessary to living with the vision of Christ under all circumstances.
Love for Christ can keep the person focused on the Christ. Unyielding commitment to
Christ can keep the person focused on Christ.
In the current Gospel, fierce demon possessed men effectively blocked passage of a roadway
until Jesus Christ changed the situation. Jesus Christ brought peace to a fearful circumstance.
Peace in Christ is achievable. Peace in Christ is desirable. The Holy Apostle Paul told
the Romans the Kingdom of God is "righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Who would not want to experience the peace of God? Who would not want to put
forth the necessary effort and commitment to experience the peace of God?
Many people choose not live serious lives in Christ. Many people choose not to attend
church services. Many people choose lifestyles completely contrary to the life in Christ.
Being an Orthodox Christian is an absolutely voluntary decision.
Drawing near to Christ is an absolutely voluntary decision.
Coming to Holy Confession is an absolutely voluntary decision. Getting married in the
Church is an absolutely voluntary decision. Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of
Christ is an absolutely voluntary decision.
Each decision to be united with Christ is a voluntary decision. Coercion has
no place in Orthodox Christianity. Love is the permeating factor of the life in Christ.
St. Apostle Paul said: "Love never fails. But whether there are prophesies, they will fail;
whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away."
It is time to evaluate our personal lives and determine honestly if the love of Christ is
in our hearts and is the dominating thought in our minds. It is time to evaluate if we place
foremost value on the life in Christ and live our lives accordingly.
If we love Christ, we will read His words. We will try to follow His teachings.
We will have Christ's Name on our minds, in our hearts and on our lips throughout the day.
If we love Christ, we will fast and pray with the goal of being united with Christ in
ways we have never been before. If we love Christ, we will draw near for Holy Confession
and to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.
If we do not love Christ with great seriousness, it is time to ask why? It is time to
examine the heart and the mind and the daily routine to determine why love for Christ does
not prevail in our daily lives.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "For no other foundation can anyone lay than
that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ." (I Cor.3:11)
If we want to rebuild our lives on the best foundation, Jesus Christ must be the
foundation of our lives. Christ must be the habitation for our lives.
Christ must be the nourishment for our lives.
Simon Peter told Jesus: "To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
When we follow ways other than the way of Christ, we deviate from the path to eternal life.
When we value others more than Christ, we deviate from the path to eternal life.
When we love others in and through Christ, in ways pleasing to Christ,
we are living in ways consistent with Christ's teachings.
The present Gospel message reveals the power of the Lord Jesus Christ to bring peace
to dangerous circumstances. The present Gospel message reveals that demons are subject to
the power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Demons can be dispensed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Let us fight the demons that may arise in our personal lives with the power of the
Lord Jesus Christ. Let us set our minds on the Lord Jesus Christ and work with due
dilligence never to deviate from the life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 3 / July 16, 2006
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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