Having gifts differing according to the grace given to us, let us use them; if prophecy,
let us prophesy in proportion to our faith, or ministry, let us use it in our ministering;
he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with dilligence; he who shows mercy,
Man destroyed the original unity with God his Creator by Original Sin. Bringing sin,
that destructive force into himself, man fled from God, and with himself dragged down
all of Creation, which innocently suffered because of him, according to the words of
the Holy Apostle Paul: "for the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for
the revealing of the sons of God."
(His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 15
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 16-July 22 - Helped at St. Sava Shadeland Camp.
From the Desert Fathers
They said of Abba Megethius, that if he left his cell and it occurred to him to leave the
place where he was living he would go without returning to his cell. He owned nothing in
this world, except a knife with which he cut reeds and everyday he made three small baskets,
which was all he needed for his food.
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Sunday of the Paralytic
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought
to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,
"Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said
within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said,
"Why do you think evil in your hearts/ For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are
forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? "But that you may know that the Son of Man
has power on earth to forgive sins"---then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed,
and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it,
they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
Jesus Christ provides believers with the opportunity to begin anew.
Jesus Christ provides believers with the opportunity to repent of sins.
Jesus Christ provides sinners with the opportunity to experience peace and joy in life.
A troubled heart can wear at a person. A troubled mind can wear at a person.
A guilty conscience can weigh on a person. A difficult relationship can interfere
with interior peace being achieved.
Jesus Christ can change our lives for the better.
Jesus Christ provides the road to permanent interior peace. Jesus Christ forgives sins.
When the weight of sin is lifted, the believer has strength to begin anew.
When the weight of sin is lifted, the believer senses the difference.
Power comes to the person forgiven by Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ needs to be at the forefront of our thoughts, Jesus Christ needs
to be at the forefront of our minds. Jesus Christ needs to be first in our hearts.
The present Gospel message reveals the transformation that can occur with Jesus Christ.
A once paralyzed man had his mobility restored. A once paralyzed man had his sins forgiven.
When we seek the forgiveness of sins, what do we intend to do with the new life given
by God? Do we resolve to live in ways pleasing to God? Are we serious in preparing for
Holy Confession? Are we serious in preparing for Holy Communion.
Do we treat the fasting periods of the Church as something reserved for priests and
monks and not for laypersons? We can strengthen our Orthodox Christian identity by fasting.
We can direct our thoughts toward God by prayer and fasting. Prayer and
fasting are constructive actions to be treated seriously by Orhtodox Christians.
More Orthodox Christians need to take time to think carefully about God. More Orthodox
Christians needs to think carefully about living fully according to the teachings of the Church.
The actions of a single person living the life of Christ with great seriousness can make a
difference. The lives of the saints are ready evidence of the difference a Godly life can make.
Wars and violence dominate the daily news. Prayers for peace throughout the world are
necessary. Prayers for healthy relationships among peoples of the world are necessary.
It is time to learn from the tragedies of wars gone before.
It is time to speak out in behalf of the way of the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is time to build bridges of peace, not armor for war.
It is time for rhetoric to be based in Christ and guided toward Christ.
It is time to think of the tragedies of war and not abidicate responsibilities.
It is time to act with the greatest of responsibility in building a world pleasing to God.
It is time for each household to rest on God. It is time for each household to be
a household of God. Priests are not to take up arms. Christians are to promote peace.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the
world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
When our lives rest in Christ, "The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil.4:7)
Trust in Christ brings the desired peace. Faithfulness to Christ brings the desired peace.
The Lord Jesus Christ said He would not leave us (Jn.14:18)
We find the meaning of life by studing the Cross of Christ.
We find the meaning of life by studying the Resurrection of Christ.
We find the directions for life in the teachings of Christ.
When we are no longer paralyzed by sin, we owe it to God to live in ways pleasing to God.
We owe God our full appreciation for having forgiven our sins.
Let us remember the lesson of the ten lepers who were healed. Let us be like the one
leper who returned to give thanks to Christ.
(Lk.17:12-19) Jesus said to the grateful leper: "Arise, go your way.
Your faith has made you well." (Lk.17:19)
When our sins are forgiven at Holy Confession, are we resolute in living
in ways pleasing to God? The time is now to live in ways pleasing to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 10 / July 23, 2006
Holy 45 martyrs at Nicopolis in Armenia.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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