He does not mean to take men away from the Church which He founded and built Himself,
but He condemns the discord of the faithless; and with His own lips He commends concord
to the faithful, by making clear that He is with two or three who pray in harmony,
rather than with any number of dissenters, and that more can be obtained by the united
prayers of a few than by the petitioning of many who are in disagreement.
Ancient Christian Writers Vol. 25, Newman Press, New York, 1956, p. 55
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· Using the Jesus Prayer daily - Lord Jesus Christ Son of God Have mercy on me a sinner.
· Thinking of the Lord Jesus Christ throughout the day.
· Increasing the amount of time in prayer daily.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 22 - Attended Anniversary dinner.
October 24 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian in Presbyterian Care, Washington, Pa.
October 26 - Attended lecture on public speaking at West Virginia University.
October 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
October 27 - Attended a Slava celebration in Pittsburgh area.
October 28 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va.
October 28 - Visited several residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
From the Desert Fathers
A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'Can a man be dead?' He replied, 'He who is inclined to sin
starts to die, but he who applies himself to good will live and will put it into practice."
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost 2006
Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain;
and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. And when He came near the gate
of the city. Behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she
was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, He had
compassion on her and said to her, "Do not weep." Then He came and touched the open coffin
and those who carried him stood still. And He said, "Young man, I say to you, Arise."
So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother. Then
fear came upon all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has risen up among us.;
and "God has visited His people."
The Lord God restored life to the dead son of the widow of Nain. Jesus Christ performed
a miracle. The life of the son, the widow and the lives of countless believers through the
centuries changed due to this miracle.
We will never know how many men, women and children have been inspired to pray to God
with firm belief as a result of learning this miracle. We will never know how many men,
women and children have changed their lives and become firm believers in the Lord
Jesus Christ due to the restoration of life to this widow's son.
The son of the widow of Nain was not the only person raised from the dead by the Lord
Jesus Christ. Every year on Lazarus Saturday believers learn of the raising of Lazarus.
The memorable words: "Lazarus, come forth" (Jn.11:43) changed everything.
The funeral procession was underway when Jesus restored life to the son of the widow.
Lazarus was dead four days when Jesus called Lazarus to life. (Jn.11:39-44)
Jesus Christ has power over death. Jesus Christ has the power to give new life to those
deadened in sin. Jesus Christ says to each person: "Come forth" from the tomb of sin.
Jesus Christ says to each person" Arise" from the life in sin.
Jesus Christ enables each person to begin anew. Jesus Christ enables each person to
begin anew regardless of how the dire the situation is. Jesus Christ enables each person
to experience the joy of new life.
Believers benefit from examining their lives to determine changes required for the
fullness of the life in Christ. Believers benefit from examining their lives to determine
changes required to experience the peace of Christ.
The Holy Gospel nourishes believers and sets the standard for hope. The presence of
hope makes a difference. Without hope, individuals quit trying. Without hope, individuals
see no value in living.
Jesus turned the grief of the widow of Nain into joy. This woman had lost her husband.
She was facing the burial of her only son. Certainly she had a heavy heart.
The Lord Jesus entered the life of the widow of Nain. The Lord Jesus Christ came to
Lazarus four days after Lazarus' death.
Turn to God with joyful anticipation. Turn to God with the expectation of prayers being
answered. Turn to God in appreciation and in love. Be not fearful in coming to God.
The parable of the prodigal son shows the welcoming love of God for the returning sinner
(Lk.15:11-32). Each person can draw near to God in repentance.
Each person can draw near to God in love.
Turn to the lives of the saints to learn of the extremes they practiced in service to
and love for God. The life of each saint reveals a fundamental and resolute commitment to God.
Think of St. Nikolai Velimirovic. St. Nikolai's love for God was manifested in his writing.
St. Nikolai's love for God was manifested in his sermons. St. Nikolai's love for God was
manifested in the way he lived.
Each person experiences the love of God. The love of God is experienced in having air
to breathe, water to drink, homes to live in. The love of is experienced in having rain to
cause crops to grow. The love of God is experienced in having vehicles in which to travel.
Food comes from God. Animals are manifestations of God's love. Beautiful scenery is a
creation of God. A person cannot begin to enumerate all that God does.
Being immersed in sin, a person may feel trapped. Being stuck in a job or an
unsatisfactory situation, a person may feel there is no exit. Jesus Christ demonstrated
that He can change a situation dramatically.
The son of the widow was in his coffin. He was set to be confined under the earth.
Jesus Christ brought the son from death to life. Each person turning to the Lord Jesus
Christ in sincerity will experience the love and hopefulness known to Christ.
Gaze at the sky. Ponder St. Nikolai's Prayers by the Lake. Meditate about the Holy
Trinity as described in the Sunday Midnight Office. Read the Psalms. Expand your interest
in and knowledge of God.
Broaden your understanding of God by learning more. Enrich your life and bring joy to
your life by drawing closer to God. Do not limit yourself to coming to Holy Confession and
Turn to God for forgiveness of sins and for new life. Turn your attention to the Kingdom
of God. Increase your understanding of the Holy Orthodox Church. Increase your understanding
of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
There is more to God than anyone person can begin to imagine. Do not consciously confine
yourself to a limited understanding of God. Embrace the words of the Holy Apostle Paul and
the way of life they endorse: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect
will of God." (Rom.12:2)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 16 / October 29, 2006
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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