The Resurrection of Christ calls for all Christians to lift up their eyes toward Heaven
to see resurrected faith, hope and love. Through the burden of many doubts, humanity appears
to be learning the hard way, exploring the universe in order to arrive at the truth of our
need for help from Heaven.
Worda of a Shepherd: The Life and Writings of the Very Reverend Protostavrophor
Compiled and edited by Nicolai Roddy, p. 118.
Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The on-going protection of the Mother of God.
· The prayers to the Mother of God each day.
· The miracles attributed to the Mother of God.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 8 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
October 10 - Visited with parish family.
October 10 - Met with individual interested in becoming Orthodox.
October 12 - Attended lecture at West Virginia University discussing
public relations for non-profit agencies.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Poemen said: "There are three things which I am not able to do without:
food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent."
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the
Lakeof Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from
them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and
asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from
the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let
down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all
night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will let down the net. And when they
had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they
signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and
filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down
at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord." For he all and
who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also
were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to
Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men." So when they had brought their
boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him
The Gospel of St. Luke describes the Lord Jesus Christ teaching the multitudes from a
boat. The Lord Jesus Christ continues to teach all individuals interested in learning.
The Lord Jesus Christ continues to teach all individuals interested in the salvation
of their souls. The Lord Jesus Christ teaches all persons seeking the Kingdom of God.
Serious believers maintain a willingness to learn about and from theLord Jesus Christ
throughout life. Serious believers acknowledge the need to know and learn more about Jesus
Christ. They know the value of making the effort.
We cannot know everything there is to know about the Lord Jesus Christ. Knowing everything
is beyond the ability of our finite minds. When we make the effort to learn more about Jesus
Christ and to learn from Him, we draw closer to Him.
When we experience Jesus Christ through learning, we change for the better. A person can
invest his or her whole life in learning from the Lord Jesus Christ and never learn all there
is to know.
Learning from and about the Lord Jesus Christ is a joyful experience.
Learning from and about Jesus Christ enriches the soul and strengthens the heart and mind.
Simon Peter learned a fundamental lesson from the Lord Jesus Christ.The
Gospel of St. Luke describes Simon Peter's learning experience. Simon Peter learned that when
doing work, if we consider Jesus Christ and listen to Him, the work is blessed and the benefits
Initially Simon Peter and those with him fished all night without success When Jesus
Christ became part of the effort and told Simon Peter to try again, the amount of fish
caught exceeded the capacity of their nets.
Praying to God is the way to begin every work or activity. When we turn to God in prayer
for any work or activity we are undertaking, we acknowledge God's part in the undertaking.
Everything good comes from God. The Epistle of St.James says: "Every good gift and every
perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no
variation or shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
We should begin each day in prayer. Throughout the day as we work and go about our
activities. we should invest in the Kingdom of God.
Everything we do during the day should be pleasing to God. Everything we do during the
day should be consistent with the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everything we do during
the day should be consistent with the practices of God's Holy Orthodox Church.
We should not be afraid to have all aspects of our lives exposed to the Light of Christ.
Through sincere repentance, the Lord Jesus Christ will forgive our sins. Through Holy
Confession and Holy Communion, through the daily life in Christ, unity with Christ can
We have reason to fear only when we stray from the path of Christ. We have reason to
fear only when we are not faithful to Christ and the ways of Christ. We have reason to
maintain faith, hope and love in Christ.
We experience the joy and love of Christ in faithfulness to Christ.
Simon Peter, James and John left all and followed Christ. Centuries after being with
Christ at the Lake of Genessaret, we continue to hear about Simon Peter, James and John.
Do we do all that we can each day to bring our lives into conformity with the way of
the Lord Jesus Christ? Do confess belief in the Holy Trinity by the way we live and act
during the course of the day?
Do we draw strength from God each day through continuous prayer and consciousness of
the presence of God? Do we nourish our souls daily with readings from Holy Scripture?
Do we actively and sincerely follow the fasts of the Church throughout the year?
Do we try to move beyond minimal observance of rules of fasting to be serious in our efforts?
Prayer on a regular basis, day after day, requires commitment and effort. Are we willing
to commit to the serious effort for the benefit of our souls, our families, our neighborhoods,
and our communities?
Do we treat the management of our souls with the same degree of seriousness we treat
the management of our physical health? Do we treat the management of our souls with the
same degree of seriousness as we treat our financial responsibilities?
Let us always bear the mind the words of the Lord Jesus Christ:"For what profit is
it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give
in exchange for his soul?" (Mt. 16:26)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 2 / October 15, 2006
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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