Don't look for great wealth in your wife, and you will find that everything else will go well.
Who, tell me, would overlook the most important things to pay attention to secondary matters?
And yet, to our sorrow, that is how we behave in practically every case. Yes, if we have a son,
we worry about finding him a rich wife, and not about how to develop him in a virtuous nature;
we worry how he might acquire money, but not manners. If we engage in business, we don't think
how it might be free from sin, but how it might bring in the most profit. Money is everything
now, and so everything has become corrupted and ruined, because we are possessed by this
passion for money.
On Marriage and Family Life.
St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 50.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The beheading of St. John the Baptist.
· The gruesome nature of the beheading.
· The message of the beheading to generations afterwards.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 8 - Attended Vigil at St. Nikodim Chapel, Mars, Pa.
September 9 - Attended Diocese Chapel Slava, Mars, Pa.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Pambo) also said, 'Not understanding what has
happened prevents us from going on to something better.'
The Thirteen Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge
around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and
went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the
vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants,
beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first,
and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, 'They will
respect my son.' But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This
is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and cast him
out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what
will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, 'He will destroy those wicked men
miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits
of their seasons.' Jesus said to them, 'Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone
which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The present Gospel is an account of the unfaithful vinedressers. They did not want to
give the landowner his due. Today's Gospel is a lesson in preparedness for Jesus Christ's
Each day individuals receive twenty four hours of life from God. The time of life is
to be used wisely. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns, will He find we have used the time
of life wisely?
The Lord God gives talents to each individual. When the Lord Jesus Christ returns will
He find that each individual has used personal talents for the glory of God and for God's
When Jesus Christ returns, what percentage of believers will He find to have used personal
talents and resources wisely and for the benefit of God's Holy Church?
Giving back to God what has been received from God is an act of appreciation. God gave
His only Begotten Son to be crucified (Jn.3:16) Any contribution from
believers is minute in comparison to the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross.
Fulfillment comes in giving to God what has been received from God. Talents received
from God and used for the glory of God are blessed and multiplied.
Believers familiar with the parable of the talents learn when even the smallest talents
are invested, it is pleasing to God. (Mt.25:14-30)
God has blessed believers with parish churches, monasteries and seminaries. Believers
are accountable for good stewardship in the parish churches. Believers are expected to
support monasteries and seminaries.
God has blessed each person with a heart, mind and soul. Each person is accountable
to God for the use of the mind and for the proper care of the heart and soul.
When a person is born, he or she lives a period of time. Some live up to a century.
Some individuals die immediately or shortly after birth. Most live a number of years.
Baptized individuals take on a responsibility to God. Baptized believers are expected
to live in ways pleasing to God. Baptized believers are expected to worship and pray to God.
Baptized believers are expected to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
Repentance and confession sins enables the believer to be reunited with Christ.
A faithful vinedresser for God cares for the soul and cares for the Holy Church of God.
A faithful vinedresser of God uses his or her talents for the glory of God.
A faithful vinedresser does not withhold time or talents or resources from the Church
for selfish reasons. The lesson of Ananias and Sapphira holding back what belonged to God
is a lesson to remember (Acts.5:1-11)
Holding back from God can come in the form of not giving to God what are God's...time,
talents, resources. Many individuals use time, talents and resources for personal pleasure
and selfish reasons, never considering to give to God.
Holding back from God can be rationalizing why there is not time to pray or to thank God.
The same individuals will use large portions of time to indulge in personal pleasures or
simply in slothfulness.
Holding back from God can be giving credit to the self for many blessings
and not giving God the credit due.
Giving to God is an act of appreciation. Giving to God is an act of joy. Giving to God
is recognition of God. Giving to God is an expression of love for God.
Iconographers give their talents to God. Singers singing for the glory of God give their
talents to God. Cooks and bakers working for the glory of God give their talents to God.
Individuals can labor for God in prayer and in hospitality. Individuals can labor for
God in doing translations or woodworking or craftsmanship. Individuals can give their
talents to God by writing or teaching or traveling to preach the Gospel.
Parents use their talents for God when they bring their children to Church and raise
them in the Church.
The Lord Jesus Christ is going to return. Each person needs to use each day wisely
in preparing for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 28 / September 10, 2006
St. Moses the Ethiopian.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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