The Scripture teaches in history, I think, that when one arrogantly exalts himself
he ends by falling even below the earth. And perhaps, if viewed through these events,
arrogance might not unreasonably be defined as a downward ascent.
The Life of Moses.
Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 126
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The Lord Jesus Christ transfigured.
· The meaning of Christs' transfiguration for each believer.
· Each believer's response to the Transfiguration.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
· August 14 - Visited parish family. Read Akathist for homebound parishioner.
· August 16 - Visited parish family. Read Akathist at the home.
· August 19 - Visited parishioner in rehab center in Uniontown.
· August 19 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
· August 19 - Visited parishioner (Fairmont) at Grafton City Hospital, West Virginia.
From the Desert Fathers
He said of Abba Pambo that Abba Anthony used to say of him'Through fearing God,
he caused the spirit of God to dwell in him.'
Tenth Sunday After Pentecost 2006
And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying,
"Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls
into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they did not
cure him." Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall
I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the
demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples
came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them,
"Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will
be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Now while they were staying in Galiliee, Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man is about to
be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be
raised up. And they were exceedingly sorrowful.
The Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Afterfeast of the Transfiguration.
The celebration will continue for six more days.1 The celebration of the Feast of
the Transfiguration calls attention to the presence of Moses and Elijah with the
Transfigured Lord Jesus Christ (Mt. 17:1-9)
Orthodox believers need to be familiar with the Old Testament figures of Moses and Elijah.
Orthodox believers need to immerse themselves in the reading of Holy Scripture.
Abraham told the rich man being tormented that if his brothers did not "hear Moses and
the prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one rise from the dead."
Orthodox believers need to take the long view. Orthodox believers need to look back and
ponder God's creation (Gen.1:1ff) Orthodox believers need to stretch
their minds to ponder the Transfigured Christ.
Orthodox believers need to think about the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Orthodox believers need to determine the best way to prepare for Christ's Second Coming.
Each person must determine his or her calling from God. Each person must determine his
or her place in Gods' creation. The Desert Father Abba Poemen said: "A man who stays in his
place in life will not be troubled." 2
The best search for our place in life and internal peace begins with God.
The best search for our place in life and peace ends with God.
Individuals searching for peace and their place in life can try many different things,
travel to many different locations, consult many different individuals. If God is not the
foundation, if God is not the destination, if God is not the primary reason for the effort,
the effort is in vain.
The Psalmist said: "Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it."
(Ps.127:1) The Church's celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration
is the time for each person to contemplate the direction of his or her life.
The celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration is the time for each person to
consider if he or she beholds Christ with the same reverence and clarity as the worthy
and chosen Apostles Peter, James and John. (Mt.17:1-9).
The present Gospel reading speaks about faith that can move mountains. Faith is
to be used. Faith is to be exercised Exercising faith in Christ brings complete joy.
At Holy Baptism, Orthodox believers "put on Christ". The believer is expected
to lead an "active" Orthodox Christian life during his or her remaining days.
An "active" Orthodox Christian life presumes the believer will follow the fasts of the
Church. An "active" Orthodox Christian life presumes the believer will continually seek to
learn more about Christ and Christ's Holy Church.
Becoming an Orthodox Christian is the highest of callings. Within that calling, each
person is to realize his or her fullest potential according to the gifts given by God.
The Lord Jesus Christ's account of the distribution of talents is an important and
time honored lesson challenging believers to use God given talents for the glory of God.
We do best when we learn from the widow who put two mites into the treasury. She did
not give out of her abundance. She gave all that she had. The widow's sacrifice was
recognized and has been preserved and proclaimed in the Holy Gospel for centuries.
Prayer and fasting are mentioned by the Lord Jesus Christ in the present Gospel.
Prayer and fasting are not optional for Orthodox Christians. Prayer and fasting are
integral to the Orthodox Christian life.
The more prayer and fasting are a part of the believer's life, the more the believer
will grow in Christ. Prayer and fasting are to be practiced out of the purest of intentions.
Pride and an air of superiority have no place in prayer and fasting.
Prayer and fasting are intended for growth in Christ, of living a life consistent with
the teachings of Christ.
The Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord challenges believers to turn to Christ for
a new life in Christ. The Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ challenges believers to to
aspire to complete unity with the Transfigured Lord.
1See 2006 Calendar of Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of the United States
2The Sayings of the Desert Fathers. Translated by Benedicta Ward.
Cistercian Publications, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 1984, p. 190.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 7 / August 20, 2006
Afterfeast of the Transfiguration.
Holy Monk-martyr Dometius.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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