See what an admirable foundation St. Paul lays for a virtuous life: honor and respect
for one's parents. This is the first good practice commanded us in the Scriptures,
because before all others, except God, our parents are the authors of our life,
and they deserve to be the first ones to receive the fruits of our good deeds.
Only after we honor our parents can we do anything good for the rest of mankind.
IF a man does not honor his parents, he will never treat other people with kindness.
St. John Chrysostom on Marriage and Family Life.
Translated by Catharine P. Roth and David Anderson. St. Vladimir's Seminary Press,
Crestwood, New York, 1986, p. 66
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The sermons of St. John Chrysostom
· The writings on Holy Scripture by St. John Chrysostom.
· The impact on others of St. John Chrysostom.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 20 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa
November 25 - Visited three residents at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abboa Poemen) also said: "Men speak to perfection but they do precious little about it."
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost 2006
And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell down at
Jesus' feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve
years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. Now a woman,
having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians
and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched the border of His garment.
And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said, "Who touched Me?' When all
denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the multitudes throng and press You,
and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" But Jesus said, "Somebody touched Me, for I perceived
power going out from Me." Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came
trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the
people the reason she had touched Him and she was healed immediately. And He said to her,
"Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was
still speaking, someone came from the Ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him,
"Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered
him, saying, "Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came
into the house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father
and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep;
she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl, arise."
Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given
something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one
what had happened.
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find
pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come
that they may have life, andthat they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd give His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd,
one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees;
and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a
hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep,
and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down
My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must
bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
Today the Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
The Holy Orthodox Church simultaneously commemorates St. John Chrysostom.
The Divine Liturgy being celebrated today bears the name of St. John Chrysostom.
Volumes of books written about the Holy Scriptures and other topics important to the
Church are attributed to St. John Chrysostom.
The life of St. John Chrysostom reveals a worthy of attention and consideration through
the centuries. The wisdom of St. John Chrysostom continues to be mined by contemporary
The dedication and faithfulness of St. John Chrysostom to the Holy Scriptures inspires
any person caring to examine his written works.
Contemporary society often discards products shortly after they are produced. The works
of St. John Chrysostom endure centuries and merit examination in seminaries, universities
and patristic societies.
St. John Chrysostom's life was grounded in God. One quickly notices the commitment to
God by studying the words of St. John Chrysostom. The volumes of written works attributed
to St. John are convincing and irrefutable evidence of his love for and interest in God.
St. John Chrysostom's reputation for eloquence in giving sermons is an additional
dimension of his love for and grounding in God. Read or listen to one of St. John's sermons
and notice the continue relevance for today's world.
Read St. John's treatise on the priesthood and see why every priest should read and
reread the words of Read St. John's advice to the widow and see why everyone who has lost
a husband or wife can find meaning in the words of St. John.
Read St. John's treatise on marriage and family life and be better prepared to deal
with contemporary life. Centuries have passed and the words of St. John Chrysostom hold
meaning for willing listeners.
St. John Chrysostom stands out with the passing of centuries. Contemporary believers do
well to consider their personal commitment to God. Contemporary believers do well to consider
the degree to which they think about God and the way of God.
Every believer need not attempt to emulate St. John Chrysostom in being a profound student
of Holy Scripture. Every believer need not attempt to emulate St. John Chrysostom speaking
profoundly of God with golden eloquence.
Every believer can learn from St. John and benefit from increasing his or her commitment
to learning more about God and living a life pleasing to God.
Everyone is not given the talents of St. John Chrysostom. Each person is given a certain
amount of talent. It is for each person to use his or her talent fully for the glory of God
and the salvation of the soul.
No doubt exists that St. John received much from God. At the same time, no doubt exists
that St. John used his many talents for the glory of God.We are not to bury our talents
(Mt. 25:15-29) or hide our lights under a bushel
God has given each of us an earthly life for a definitive period of time. We have this
life only once. It is for each of us to use of earthly lives responsibly. It is for each
of us to use our earthly lives reflecting appreciation to God for life.
We need to be true to ourselves having been baptized into Christ and put on Christ.
We need to be true to the commitment to Christ as King and as God. We need to honor the
seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit received at Chrismation.
Time and opportunities cannot be replaced. Each moment of life is to be used fully.
St. John Chrysostom made full use of his life. It is for each of us to make full use of
our lives for the glory of God and salvation of our souls.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said "You will know them by their fruits...every good tree bears
good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit." (Mt. 76-17)
May our lives reflect the love and commitment to God made at Holy Baptism and Chrismation.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 13 / November 26, 2006
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. John Chrysostom.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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