Each Christian must permit the Holy Spirit to work freely in his life. He must not stifle
the Spirit or grieve Him. This life giving source is within us, a precious Gift given to
each believer through the Grace of the Sacraments of the Church. A precious gift comes to
us through Faith and Prayer. Let the words of the Creed ring true and clear within our
souls. Permit "The Giver of Life, the Lord, the Holy Spirit" to direct you in all good works.
Sermons and Speeches
Prepared for Publication by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade, 1999, p. 224
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The importance of continuing to learn as a Christian.
· The importance of following the fasts of the Church.
· The importance of almsgiving.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 26 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Waynesburg.
November 28 - Viuited parishioner in hospital in Uniontown.
November 29 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W. Va.
December 1 - Visited Serbian Orthodox Christian in Presbyterian Care, Washington
December 2 - Attended Cleveland Deanery Christian Education Meeting, Hermitage.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'A man who stays in his place in life will not be troubled.'
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost 2006
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to
inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading
of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as
yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus
answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among
thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on
the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed
by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when
he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and
wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the
next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to
him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.
So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?"
And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Today's Gospel shows the relationship between love of God and love of neighbor.
We cannot separate our life with God from our life with the men, women and children we meet.
We work out our salvation in a world of living people, a world created by God and
inhabited by individuals created in the image and likeness of God.
Focusing on God and the Kingdom of God, believers are called to daily live in ways
pleasing to God. Living in ways pleasing to God includes showing concern for neighbors in need.
In the present Gospel message is Jesus' teaches believers to help the hurt and needy
person along the roadside. During the course of an earthly life, a believer can encounter
many needy persons.
Each believer must pray to God and discern the wisdom of God in properly responding to the
needs of neighbors. In contemporary society, a person can be besieged with requests for help.
Each person must determine the best way to help and reflect the love of God. Providing
material help is important in many instances. In other situations, words of support and
comfort or a ready presence can make a different.
Sometimes material help and physical presence are needed. All help given should be with
the love of God as the foundation.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: "Though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I
give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing."
(I Cor. 13:3)
The Samaritan in the present Gospel went beyond the immediate needs to provide for
anticipated needs. The Samaritan wanted to make sure the robbery victim along the road
had an established path of recovery.
Many individuals in our society are victims of violent crimes as was the person
in the present Gospel. Being a victim of a violent crime is a traumatic experience.
The love, support and material aid provided by the Samaritan in the present Gospel made
a difference. The Lord Jesus Christ wants believers to make a difference in the lives of
individuals in need.
Being a Christian involves accepting the responsibility to help others. Discretion and
respect are necessary. A believer extremely interested in helping others must take care not
to become a victim.
Respect for the condition of the needy person is always a part of the offer to help.
Wanting to help others in the Name of Christ and in the spirit of the present Gospel is
the desired position of each believer.
When dealing with situations involving criminal behavior, perspective is necessary.
Prayer has a part in every aspect of life. Determining ways to help others needs to be
guided by prayer.
Following the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ is the best course of action when
coming upon individuals in need. When Christ is followed, when Christ's teachings are put
into action, the individual is on a solid course toward the Kingdom.
When Christ is not the basis for action, when the Kingdom of God is not the ultimate
goal of any good work, then danger lurks. At times individuals suffer for the sake of Christ
in doing good. The lives of martyrs through the centuries bear witness to those suffering for
Christians helping needy individuals is a standard expectation. Each Christian must be
true to his or her Christian identity. Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "As you did it to one of
the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (MT. 25:40)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 20 / December 3, 2006
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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