The Gospel is the coming of God, when He was seen by us: He is no longer speaking to us
through a cloud and indistinctly, as He did to Moses through Thunder and lightening and
trumpets, by a voice, by darkness and fire on the mountain. Nor does He appear through
dreams as to the prophets, but He appeared visibly as a true man. He was seen by us as
a gentle and peaceful king who descended quietly like rain upon the fleece, and we have
beheld His glory, glory as of the only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth
(cf.Jn.1:14). Through Him, the God and Father spoke to us face to
face, and not through riddles
On the Divine Liturgy
Translated by Paul Meyendorff. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1984, p. 81.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The long range future and St. George Church
· Praying each day for and in the St. George Church.
· Maintaining the fasts of the Church for the benefit of St. George Church
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 31 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University on "Boardsmanship"
September 14 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University on "Leadership."
September 16 - Attended Baptism and Chrismation of Jacqueline Mirjana Fuellhart
at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Canton, Ohio.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Or said to his disciple Paul,
'Be careful never to let an irrelevant word come into this cell.'
Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost 2006
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: "The kingdom of heaven is
like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call
those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again he sent out
other servants, saying, "Tell those who are invited, 'See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen,
and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.'" But they made
light of it and went their ways, one to his own farmy, another to his business. And the rest
seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about
it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their
city. Then he said to his servants, "The wedding is ready, but those who were invited are not
worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding."
So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found,
both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in
to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to
him, "Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?" And he was speechless.
Then the king said to the servants, " Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him
into outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth." For many are called, but
few are chosen.
The Gospel is preached throughout the world. The Gospel is preached throughout the
centuries. The Gospel will continue to be preached until the Second Coming of the Lord
The invitation to draw near in faith to the Holy Chalice is put forth at every Divine
Liturgy. The number of individuals hearing the Gospel in each century is immeasurable.
The number of Baptized individuals hearing the invitation to draw near to the Holy Chalice
and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ is immeasurable.
The percentage of individuals taking the Gospel to heart and opening the heart and mind
for the nourishment of the soul is small in comparison to the total number hearing the Gospel.
The percentage of individuals answering the invitation to come forward in preparation and
receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ on a regular basis and over an extended period
of time is small in comparison to the total number of individuals hearing the invitation.
The king in the present Gospel sent out invitations to the joyous celebration of his
son's marriage. We know from the Gospel of St. John that Jesus performed the miracle of
turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana (Jn. 2:1-12)
Marriages are joyous occasions and when the king holds a celebration one can only imagine
how good it would be. In the present Gospel, the individuals invited chose not come to the
The Gospel is a celebration of the Good News of Christ. The Gospel is an invitation to
journey to the Heavenly Kingdom. Many choose to not to take the invitation to the Heavenly
Kingdom seriously. Many choose not take the good news about Christ seriously.
Many deny themselves joy to the soul by not coming to receive the Precious Body and
Blood of Christ. Many deny themselves the joy of nourishment that has no equal by not
drawing near when the invitation comes forth.
Choosing to follow Christ is a voluntary choice. Choosing to take the Gospel seriously
is a voluntary decision. Anyone taking time to read the lives of the saints documented
through the centuries learns God transforms lives and prepares individuals for any
circumstances of life.
Anyone taking time to carefully read the Holy Scriptures and lives of the saints
learns of the faithfulness of God for those faithful to Him. The love of God and the
transforming power of God at work in serious believers reaches beyond comprehension.
The life of St. NIKOLAI of Ohrid and Zicha, the life of St. John Chrysostom, the lives
of the Holy Apostles, and many others down through the centuries shine the light of Christ
for all to follow.
Earthly goods, earthly pleasures have no comparison to the opportunity to enter the
Heavenly Kingdom. Earthly goods, earthly pleasures have no equal to the Body and Blood
of Christ and the transforming power of the Gospel.
The words of the Gospel endure through the centuries. The transforming power of the
Gospel continues in full strength.
Jesus Christ died and rose from the grave. Jesus Christ showed His love for every
person in every century by voluntarily going to the Cross.
Saying yes to Christ each time the Gospel is heard, saying yes to Christ when the
invitation to partake of His Precious Body and Blood is given is a yes that brings joy
and love and peace.
Life is precious. Life is not to be wasted. The Psalmist tells us to number our days
that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12 ) In June of 1389 in
Kosovo the faithful chose to partake of the Precious Body and Blood before the defining
battle that would shape subsequent centuries.
Heeding the Gospel, heeding the invitation to partake of the Precious Body and Blood
of Christ and having one's life shaped and nourished by Christ defines the believer.
The Holy Apostle Paul went from being a persecutor of Christians to become a foremost
Apostle. The change in the Holy Apostle came by the transforming power of Christ.
St. Apostle Paul said: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of
God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20)
Let us love God and follow God and take the Holy Gospel and the invitations of God with
the greatest degree of seriousness.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 4 / September 17, 2006
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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