The Church has her eternal foundation in the Holy Trinity, for her life is interwoven with
the life of the Holy Trinity. Thus the love of the Persons of the Holy Trinity produces an
atmosphere of love among men. It is seen in Christ's Church, in the life of her members.
Therefore, in the Church all three Persons act equally. The love which the Divine Persons
institute is not closed; rather is manifested in the world. It can be said, even as the
essence of God is LOVE, likewise the essence of the Church of God is LOVE. But love is also
the basis of the world and the reason of man's life on Earth. It is from this very love of
God that the Father sends His only-Begotten Son into the world.
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church
Translated by Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba, Sremski Karlovaci. 2001, p. 8
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The importance of mutual love and respect among parishioners.
· The importance of cooperation among parishioners.
· The importance being faithful to the way of God in parish life.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
December 3 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood for Kolo Slava.
December 4 - Met with individual preparing to become Orthodox.
December 6 - Gave opening and closing prayers at the Robena Mine Memorial.
November 30-December 7 - Attended lectures at West Virginia University on Grassroots
Fundraising and Practical Organizational Theory.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Poemen) also said, 'The victory over all the afflictions that befall you, is,
to keep silence.'
The Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost 2006
Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.
And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my
crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there
I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods
laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him,
"Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which
you have provided?" So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."
The present Gospel focuses on being rich toward God. As we invest for our future,
let us invest in the Kingdom of God. Let us invest our talents, our resources and our
time in ways leading to the Kingdom of God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God..."
(Mt. 6:33) Our behavior, our thoughts and all that we do should be directed
to the Kingdom. We begin the Divine Liturgy with the words: "Blessed is the Kingdom..."
No greater goal exists for the believer than to seek first the Kingdom of God.
Just as God provided for Abraham (Gen. 22:14), so will God provide
for us if we are faithful in seeking the Kingdom. (Mt. 6:33).
The present Gospel is a lesson against personal greed. It is a lesson in remembering all
good gifts come from God (James 1:17).
Care must be taken of the soul. We do not know the time of our departure from this life.
Each moment deserves our fullest attention.
Vigilance is necessary as learned from the lesson of the ten virgins, five wise and five
foolish. (Mt. 25:1-13). The present moment is a moment to draw near to
the Lord God in faith and in love.
The present moment is a time to appreciate the hope established in Christ's Resurrection.
The present moment is a time to appreciate the sacrifice upon the Precious and Life-Giving Cross.
The present moment is a time to repent of sins and seek the mercy of God. The present
moment is a time for prayer. The heart requires examination during this Nativity Fast.
The mind requires focus on the things of God. The mind needs filled with thoughts pleasing
to God. The body requires discipline in ways pleasing to God.The home requires an atmosphere
pleasing to God.
Family life is strongest when consistent with the Holy Mystery of Marriage. Family
relationships are strongest when they are Christ-centered relationships. The family home
increases in joy when love and forgiveness are paramount.
Forgiveness and love have a place in all relationships. Love of Christ is the guide for
the way we are to treat others. St. John's First Epistle states: "Beloved, let us love one
another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God."
(I Jn. 4:7).
The accumulation of material goods is attractive to many people. The accumulation of
material goods and attachment to material goods can become an obsession.
The accumulation of material goods should not be a barrier to a believer's relationship
with God. The accumulation of material goods should not be an inhibiting factor in Christian
relationships with others.
Parents need to assess the value placed on the accumulation of material wealth and the
priority given to God in family life. Working excessive amounts of time to accumulate material
goods with little time for family life and little time for God can skew the development of a
Placing great value on material wealth to the detriment of family and other personal
relationships can in the long run have a negative effect. The Nativity Fast is time to reassess
priorities in life.
The Nativity Fast is a time to review the Baptismal experience and consider the commitments
made at Holy Baptism. The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed sets forth the beliefs of Orthodox
Christians. The Creed is the "Flag of Life", the Constitution governing our daily life.
Our lives are best organized and lived in ways fulfilling The Creed in the most joyous way.
Christ brings joy to the hearts of believers. Christ radiates joy in the hearts of
believers. Christ is the foundation of joy.
Today is a gift from God. Today is to be structured in ways pleasing to God. Today is
an opportunity to give thanks to God. Today is a day to glorify God.
Today is ordered by the rising and the setting of the sun. The seasons are ordered.
Plant and animal life are ordered. Individuals do well to order their lives in ways pleasing
We never know when the Lord will say" Your soul is now required of you."
Today is a day to prepare for the glorious Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know that the Lord Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead.
We express this belief in The Creed. The passing of each day is an advance toward the
Our Lord said: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which
the Son of Man is coming." (Mt.25:13).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 27 / December 10, 2006
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Greatmartyr James the Persian.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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