When we fall sick we follow the physician's advice to rest as much as we can in order to
help our body overcome illness. By comparison, how much more meaning and significance do
God's words carry? He knows infinitely more than we do about what it is we need and what
is good for us. He is born and clothed in the body as one of us to show us the greatest
example of life, love and peace.
Words of Shepherd Compiled and edited by Nicolae Roddy.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
· The way the world has changed as a result of Christ's birth.
· The glorious Second Coming of Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
· January 2 - Stopped to see four residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home.
· January 4 - Visited homebound parishioner.
· January 5 - Visited homebound parishioner.
· January 6 - Visited parishioner.
From the Desert Fathers
A brother questioned Abba Poemen, 'What ought I to do about all the turmoils that trouble me?'
The old man said to him, 'In all our afflictions let us weep in the presence of the goodness
of God, until he shows mercy on us.'
Reflections on the Gospel of the Feast of the Nativity
of Our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ
Matthew 2:1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king,
behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem,
The Holy Orthodox Church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ every year. A period of fasting and preparation precedes the celebration.
The Divine Liturgy of the feast is the apex of the celebration. Believers have the
opportunity to hear the Holy Gospel and receive the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord
"Christ is born! Indeed He is born!" ..."Christ is born! Glorify Him!" are common
Orthodox greetings at the arrival of the feast. The hearts of Orthodox faithful fill with
joy in the Divine Liturgy.
The Holy Gospel of St. Matthew mentions the specific place where the Christ Child was
born...Bethlehem of Judea. The time of the birth is established when Herod is identified as
having been king.
Jesus Christ came into the world in human flesh at a particular time in history.
He did not come in human flesh earlier. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Galatians:
"When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under
the law."(Gal. 4:4)
The Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Galatians (4:4-7)
is read during the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Nativity.
The celebration of the Feast of the Nativity opens the minds of believers to the Lord
Jesus Christ taking on human flesh. Serious believers will think carefully about this
Serious believers will think about the culture into which Jesus came. Serious believers
think about the circumstances into which Jesus came. Serious believers will think about the
centuries leading to the birth of the Christ Child.
Centuries have passed since Jesus took on human flesh. Much commercialism has grown up
in the world associated with the celebration of the birth of Christ in contemporary times.
Believers benefit by focusing on the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as described in the
Holy Gospel and elaborated in the teachings of the Church.
Believers invest their time wisely studying the writings of the Holy Fathers of the
Church regarding the Gospel account of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
December 25, 2006 / January 7, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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