How do You look at the conduct New of each one,
You, who are so far from us?
Give patience to Your servants,
so that trials may not overwhelm them.
Hymns of Divine Love by St.Symeon the New Theologian.
Dimension Books, Denville, New Jersey, p. 27.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The limitless forgiveness of Christ.
· The love of Christ manifested on the Cross.
· The love and forgiveness required of Christians.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 20 - Attended graduation of Aaron Carson from Late Vocations / Holy Diaconate Program
August 22 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
August 23 - Went to Monastery of the Holy Cross, Wayne, West Virginia.
August 25 - Visited parishioner at home. Served Akathist to the Cross at the home.
August 26 - Went to parishioner's home for Confession and Communion.
August 27 - Served Divine Liturgy, Fairmont, West Virginia.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Matoes said, 'I prefer a light and steady aactivity,
to one that is painful at the beginning but is soon broken off.'
Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost 2006
Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with
his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him
ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold,
with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant
therefore fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay
you all.' Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and
forgave him the debt. But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who
owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying,
'Pay me what you owe!" So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying,
'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' And he would not, but went and threw him
into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done,
they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. Then his
master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that
debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant,
just as I had pity on you?' And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers
until he should pay all that was due to him. So My heavenly Father also will do if each of
you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "In Him we have redemption through His blood,
the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. (Eph. 1:7)
Believers need forgiveness. Believers need to repent and seek forgiveness. Believers
need to be continuously appreciative for Jesus Christ's death on the Cross and for the
forgiveness of sins.
Believers may try hard to follow the ways of God and yet still sin. It is important to
keep trying to live in ways pleasing to God. When we sin, it is important to repent and
begin anew in Christ.
Believers yielding to sin and giving in to despair condemn themselves. Believers
yielding to sin and giving in to despair and continued sinfulness write their own sentence.
It is better to learn from the words of Christ: "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense
to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
God calls believers to a life of purity, a life of truthfulness, a life of
honor anddignity. God calls believers to lives of faith, trust, charity, and hope.
God calls believers to lives of love and care and concern for others. God calls
believers to lives of prayer and good works, lives of worship and measured speech.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind...You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Believers cannot love God fully without loving neighbors. St.John said: "If someone says,
'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom
he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen." (I Jn. 4:20).
The present Gospel is about forgiving others. We know from the Lord's Prayer
that our forgiveness by God is connected with our forgiveness of others.
It is hard to be forgiving of others when we have been harmed.
It is hard to forget what someone may have done that has been harmful.
Jesus Christ died for each of us. Jesus Christ teaches about
forgiveness to believers willing to listen.
Believers turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. Believers do not always recognize and
honor Jesus' suffering and death on the Cross. Forgiveness is the Christian way.
For a Christian community to grow, for a Christian family to grow in love,
forgiveness is necessary.
For the world to be a better place, for each community to be a better place,
forgiveness is necessary.
The Gospel teaches about the relationship of forgiveness and love. Jesus said of the
sinful woman: "her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom
little is forgiven, the same loves little."(Lk. 7:41-50)
Pray to God for guidance in dealing with troubled relationships.
Pray to God for guidance in establishing peace with others.
Each person should measure personal growth by the words of the Proverb: "When a man's
ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him."
Heed the words of the Proverb and work to live in ways pleasing to the Lord. Pray that
world leaders will act in ways pleasing to God and bring an end to the suffering and
violence dominating the headlines.
Pray for families to find peace between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters,
parents and children. Pray for neighborhoods to be at peace and peace in areas where
violence is prevalent.
Peace and forgiveness are desirable. Each person must do his or her part.
The love of God was made clear when the Lord Jesus Christ ascended the Cross.
The love of God is made clear in the present Gospel. God is a forgiving and merciful God.
Jesus Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Belief in
Jesus Christ's Second Coming is expressed in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed.
Use each day to seek peace with God and with others. Be forgiving each day and
experience God's forgiveness. May the forgiving love of God be bountiful in each heart,
each home and each community.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 14 / August 27, 2006
Holy Prophet Micah.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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