That is, a worthy sacrifice had been offered for a worthy object. Everything had been
sacrificed for Christ. The people believed that the sacrifice offered could not have
been sought and taken by the universe in vain, nor could the cross of Christ, in the
shadow of which Lazar's soldiers had fought, be broken by any power in the world.
Therefore the head of the dead Lazar began to shine more radiantly on the field of
Kosovo than Bazyazid's illustrious victory.
The Mystery and Meaning of the Battle of Kosovo.
Free Serbian Orthodox Church of the United States and Canada, Grayslake, Illinois.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Rev. Stevan Scott, Ph. D. 1989, p. 116.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The Cross of Christ.
· The changes in the world due to the Cross of Christ.
· The power of the Cross of Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 21 - Attended Divine Liturgy at St. John the Baptist Carpatho-Russian
Orthodox Church-Hawk Run, Pennsylvania.
September 22 - Visited a parish family.
September 23 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W. Va.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Hyperechius) also said, 'Let your thoughts be ever in the kingdom of heaven
and soon you will possess it as an heritage.'
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, "Teacher,
which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord
Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the
first and great commandment. And the second is like it; you shall 'You shall love your
neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, saying, What do you think
about the Christ? Whose Son is He? They said to Him, "The Son of David." He said to them,
"How does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at
My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool." "If David then calls Him 'Lord'
how is He his Son?" And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did
anyone dare question Him anymore.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross 2006
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man
who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, "that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal
life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the
world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes
in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has
not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation,
that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light,
because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not
come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth come to
the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the light of the world. The Jesus Christ said: "I am the light
of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."
All that we do should be able to withstand examination by the Lord Jesus Christ.
All that we say, think and do should be in conformity with the teachings and standards
established by the Lord Jesus Christ.
To the extent we fall short of being in unity with Christ and in conformity with His
teachings, we need to repent. We need to seek forgiveness. We need to ask Christ for help
in redirecting our efforts. We need to do all that we can do to live in ways pleasing to Christ.
Now is the time of the Exaltation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.
Now is the time to think about the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ and the
power of the Cross changing human lives.
The present Gospel of St. John speaks about everlasting life. Everlasting life is
not something to be considered well down the road in years. Everlasting life is to be
considered at each moment of life.
We never know when our life will end. It may be at the end of the current breath.
It may be decades away. Regardless, we are to be ready. We are daily to love the Lord
God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength. We are to love our neighbors
as ourselves. Our lives are to conform to the teachings of Christ in St. Matthew's Gospel
as read today.
How many of us think about Jesus Christ as the light of the world? How often do we
think about the consistent presence of Christ? How often do we measure our thoughts,
our words, our actions by the teachings and life of the Lord Jesus Christ?
We may adopt good economic principles in managing our homes and at our places of
employment. We may put good lessons to work in the way we eat and care for our bodies..
How many individuals seriously care for their souls in the same way they care for
their homes and bodies? How many people seek to invest in the Kingdom of God with the
same effort they put into managing their finances?
The current Gospel reading for the Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross speaks of
light dispelling darkness.
The light of Christ in a believer wipes away fears. The light of Christ in a
believer gives joy and hope and direction. The light of Christ in a believer is
evident in the person's demeanor.
The faith in Christ of a person does not remain hidden.
The faith in Christ of a person produces certain measurable results.
The faith in Christ of a person is revealed sooner or later.
Individuals with less than a full commitment to Christ and the way of Christ soon tire
of the Christian journey. Individuals with less than complete belief in and faithfulness
in Christ fail to adhere to the practices and teachings established by Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes
from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a
bad tree bears bad fruit." (Mt.7:16)
Let us heed the words and life of the Lord Jesus Christ and do all that we can to live
in ways pleasing to Him. May all that we do emanate from Christ and be directed toward the
life in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 11 / September 24, 2006
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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