The Scripture teaches in the history, I think, that when one arrogantly exalts himself
he ends by falling even below the earth. And perhaps, if viewed through these events,
arrogance might not unreasonably be defined as a downward ascent.
The Life of Moses.
Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 126
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Renewal in Christ throughout life.
· The necessity of repentance throughout life.
· The necessity of prayer throughout life.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
October 29 - Attended Seventy Fifth Anniversary Dinner of St. Petka Kolo, Monroeville.
October 30 - Visited area family interested in the St. George Church.
October 30 - Visited family and blessed home in Morgantown, W.Va.
October 31 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
November 1 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa for funeral of +Steve Crevar.
November 1 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
November 4 - Went to St. George Church, Midland for Baptism of Teodora Kosic.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said,'Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.'
Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost 2006
"A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the
wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock;
and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell
among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground,
and sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold." When He had said these things He cried,
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Then His disciples asked Him, saying "What does
this parable mean?" And He said, "To you it is has been given to know the mysteries of the
kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see,
and hearing they may not understand.' "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out
of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who,
when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for awhile and
in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they
have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasure of life, and bring no fruit
to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word
with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience."
In simplistic terms, the parable of the sower reveals one out of every four people
hearing the word of God stay with it and bear fruit with patience.The devil is credited
with destroying the word of God in twenty five percent of those receiving it.
Cares and riches and pleasures account for another twenty five percent falling away.
The remaining twenty five percent fall away in temptation, lacking the roots for the word
of God to grow to maturity. The ground is rocky.
Each person must take care of the heart, mind and soul to receive the word of God and
bring it to maturity in rich soil. The word of God maturing in a person makes a difference.
When a person immerses his or herself in the word of God the person is transformed.
The person is armed against the wiles of the devil. The person is nourished.
The word of God is for all individuals desiring Divine nourishment. As the Precious Body
and Blood nourishes, so does the word of God nourish. The word of God is not reserved for the
clergy or for an exclusive group of people.
The word of God is not exclusive to those capable of reading. Being able to read is
desirable. The Epistle and Gospel are read during the Divine Liturgy. Psalms and music
drawn from Holy Scripture have definite places in the Divine services.
Believers turning to the Holy Scriptures for nourishment are not disappointed.
Believers turning to the Holy Scriptures to learn about God are not disappointed.
The investment made in reading and listening to the word of God is a sound investment.
Working at understanding the Holy Scriptures is a process for all of life.
The New Testament provides facts about the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the
holy apostles. The Old Testament speaks about the creation and other actions of God through
The Old Testament tells of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses, Elijah
and David and others. Readers of the Old Testament are enriched by the Psalms and Proverbs,
the words of Isaiah and Jeremiah, Micah and Hosea.
Love of the Holy Scriptures is a rewarding love. Love of the Scriptures is a love of God.
God is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
The Holy Scriptures are integral to the Church. The Holy Scriptures are best understood
within the Church. The Church uses the Holy Scriptures extensively every day. Believers need
to be in the daily services of the Church to be awakened to the rich use of the Holy Scriptures.
Many hear the word of God. It is not always clear at the outset which
individuals will bring the word of God to maturity in their lives.
Sometimes the word of God settles in a person and begins to yield fruit at a much later
time. Sometimes an individual rejoices at hearing the word of God and appears committed to
the long journey. Then the person falters and the word of God dies in the life of the person.
The word of God is an expression of the love of God. Being able to hear, to read, and to
see the word of God is a blessing from God. Giving thanks to God for the word of God is a
proper course of action.
In some countries, great difficulty exists in obtaining written copies of the word of God.
Some years back a group of priests from Europe visited America and were astonished to see a
large number of Bibles in a home they visited.
The abundance of Bibles in this country is a blessing often taken for granted.
Too often the family Bible sits on a shelf or a table, seldom opened in the home.
In America, Bibles are available in many different formats, written, audio,
visual and electronic.
Read the Holy Scripture for the benefit of the soul. Nourish the soul. Become enriched
in the life in Christ. Learn more about God's Holy Church. Learn more about the Holy Prophets
and the Holy Apostles. Learn how to live in ways pleasing to God.
Study the life of Christ. Study the references to the Holy Spirit. Learn of St. Peter and
St. Paul, of St. Stephen. Learn from the Gospels of Sts. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Do not deprive yourself or your family of the wealth found in the word of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 23 / November 5, 2006
Holy Apostle James, Brother of the Lord.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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