Because man finds himself between these two who have contrary purposes for him, it is
in his power to make the one prevail over the other. While the good angel by rational
demonstration shows the benefits of virtue which are seen in hope by those who live
aright, his opponent show the material pleasures in which there is no hope of future
benefits, but which are present, visible, can be partaken of, and enslave the senses
of those who do not exercise their intellect.
The Life of Moses.
Paulist Press, New York, 1978, p. 78
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Praying the before and after meals each day.
· Praying when awakening in the morning.
· Praying before going to sleep.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 5 - Attended One Hundredth Anniversary celebration at
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedal, Pittsburgh.
November 7 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian at Presbyterian Care, Washington.
November 7 - Visited parishioner at Marquis House, Uniontown.
November 8 - Visited parishioner.
November 8 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg to visit parishioner prior to surgery.
November 9 - Visited parishioner.
November 11 - Served Divine Liturgy at YWCA, Fairmont, W. Va.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Pambo said,'If you have a heart, you can be saved.'
The Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost 2005
There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously
every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his
gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover,
the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the
angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torment in
Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he
cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip
of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said,
'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil
things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and
you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor
can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would
send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest
they also come to this place of torment. Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the
prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them
from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the
prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'
Listening to God in daily life is very important. Listening to our hearts, listing to
our minds, listening to the people whose advice and judgment we value, this is essential.
Being observant of the people we meet in daily life, being attentive to words we hear,
the Gospel messages we hear, the lives of the saints we read, these, too, are essential.
Evaluating our lives from Holy Baptism to the present is important. At Holy Baptism we
made a commitment to honor and follow the Lord Jesus Christ as King and as God. Periodically,
we need to assess the degree to which we honor the commitment.
The present Gospel speaks of the importance of listening to Moses and the prophets.
The present Gospel speaks about life after death and the divergent experiences possible.
The rich man had a comfortable worldly life but a miserable life after his death.
Lazarus had a difficult earthly life but was well cared for after he departed this life.
The Lord Jesus Christ makes a difference in the lives of the people true to Him. The Lord
Jesus Christ makes a difference in the lives of the people faithful to Him. The Lord Jesus
Christ makes a difference in the people coming to Him.
The present Gospel is an interesting Gospel because of the value placed upon Moses and
the prophets. Individuals investing time in reading about Moses and the Holy Prophets reap
many, many dividends.
Reading Holy Scripture is an investment. Time is invested. Thought is invested. Moses
and the Holy Prophets have much to teach about the presence and faithfulness of God. Moses
and the Holy Prophets have much to teach about individuals going astray from God.
We need to examine ourselves periodically and make necessary changes in our lives.
The rich man felt his brothers needed to change to avoid torment in Hades. Change does
not come easily. Individuals have to want to change for change to occur. Individuals have
to believe change is possible before they will take the steps necessary to change.
We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew: "With God all things are possible."
(Mt. 19:26). The possibility of change exists in each person.
Each person must decide if he or she wants to change. Each person must decide if he or she
has sufficient confidence in God to repent, seek forgiveness and return to ways pleasing to God.
To commit to living the live in Christ after being comfortable in a life is sin
Even when making the commitment to Christ, sin will occur. Repentance is necessary
throughout life. Serious believers monitor their behavior carefully. To give up sinful
ways and embrace ways pleasing to Christ is a serious step.
The present Gospel provides hope for individuals in contemporary times experiencing
hardship in their lives. God knows of the conditions of our lives. God knows if we live
in ways pleasing to Him.
God made adjustments for the disparities in living between the rich man and Lazarus.
The rich man ended up being tormented. Lazarus ended up being well-cared for. Trust in
God is strengthened when lessons as the present Gospel are brought to mind.
It is important to read the signposts leading to the Kingdom of God. The journey
to the Kingdom can be a long journey. Caution and vigilance are necessary daily.
The Lord welcomes individuals seeking the Kingdom. The Lord encourages and helps
those seeking the Kingdom. Each person must do his or her part, each person must own
up to his or her own responsibility.
The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross for each of us. In gratefulness, we can live in
ways pleasing to Him. In gratefulness, we can show love for the Lord Jesus Christ and His
Church. In gratefulness, we can be considerate of each other as Christ would have us to do.
The Lord speaks of the importance of forgiveness. The Lord speaks of
the importance of charity. The Lord speaks of the importance of love.
The Epistle of St. James emphasizes the importance of translating our faith into works.
(James. 2:14-18) St. James said "a man is justified by works and not
faith only."(James 2:24) Being a Serbian Orthodox Christian is a big responsibility.
We must live in ways giving honor to believers having gone before. We must live in ways
The Church expects us to live each day as an Orthodox Christian. Our Christian life
is not confined to the time of the Divine Liturgy on Sundays. The Orthodox Christian life
is enriched daily by the lives of the saints commemorated and the feasts celebrated.
Believers taking time to learn of the saints enrich their lives and find examples to
face the different circumstances arising in life. Believers strengthen their lives when
they take time to pray at home and when they are away from home.
Believers strengthen their lives when they learn more about the history of the Church
and the teachings of the Church. We learn best about the Lord Jesus Christ in the Church.
We learn best about the Lord Jesus Christ through the Divine services of the Church.
We learn best from the Holy Scriptures and from the writings of and about the saints of
The present Gospel is put forth by the Holy Orthodox Church each year for the benefit
of believers around the world. The present Gospel is of sufficient importance to merit
widespread proclaiming. The present Gospel is used as a basis for sermons throughout the world.
The Holy Orthodox Church wants the lesson of the rich man and Lazarus to be well known.
God took care of Lazarus. The rich man suffered torment. Let us heed the signs in our lives
that lead us to God's Kingdom. Let us avoid the sins that will bring us torment.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 30 / November 12, 2006
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.
St. King Milutin of Serbia.
Venerable Teoktist (King Dragutin) and Jelena.
Confessor Varnava of Hvostan.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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