Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because
many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every
spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit
that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the
spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater
than he who is in the world.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Benefits of coming to church services during the week.
· Taking time to study the Church calendar each day.
· Learning the major feasts of the Church.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
February 5 - Blessed two homes. Went to funeral home for viewing of Bert Titus' mother.
February 6 - Went to Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Blessed two rooms.
Visited with three residents. Attempted two visits.
Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 7 - Went to Southmont Presby Care, Washington to visit one resident.
Blessed room. Went to Morgantown for printing.
February 7 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit one parishioner.
February 9 - Went to St. Sava Cathedral of Cleveland for a meeting.
February 10 - Meeting at St.Sava Cathedral of Cleveland. Visited Monastery Marcha,
Returned to Carmichaels.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said, 'This voice cries out to a man to his last breath,
'Be converted today.'
The Sunday of the Last Judgement 2007
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the
throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them
one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep
on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right
hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation
of the world: For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was
naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.'
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or
thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe
You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You? And the King will answer and
say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My
brethren, you did it to Me.' Then He will say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you
cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and
you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not
take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' Then
they will also answer Him saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or
naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?" Then He will answer them, saying,
'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did
not do it to Me.' And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous to
The Sunday of the Last Judgement has arrived. The time has come for serious personal
assessment. The time has come to determine whether we are compassionate and considerate
to the least of our brethren.
The present Gospel identifies the Lord Jesus Christ with the sick, the suffering,
the needy and the imprisoned. This is a land of plenty. People should not be hungry and
in need of clothing.
The present Gospel lesson is about each individual person. The present Gospel lesson
is about each person being judged at the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we go through life, do we take time to be considerate of the individuals we meet
along the way? Are we in such a hurry as to neglect Jesus Christ in our midst?
Are we busy with the unimportant to the degree we neglect what is important? A kind word,
a phone call or a personal visit can make a difference in another person's life.
Some men and women have outlived their families. Some men and women are in nursing homes,
in our communities, in our jails and prisons and have no living relatives.
Do we take time to get to know our neighbors? Do we take time to check on distant
relatives? Do we think of the men and women in prison, the wounded veterans in VA hospitals?
Do we think of the men and women in mental hospitals for the duration of their lives because
they are beyond hope of recovery?
Do we think about the men and women and children coming to his land as refugees?
Do we think about the trauma of losing everything and the impact of having to rebuild
life in a new land?
The Holy Gospel tells us of Jesus Christ taking time to heal many individuals.
The Holy Gospel tells of Jesus helping individuals in different locations.
Do we have kind words to share Christ with those we meet along the roads of life?
Do we have words of encouragement for individuals we know to be depressed and discouraged?
How many of us know a man or woman in a nursing home or who are homebound that would be
delighted to receive a call, a card or a visit?
How many of us know of individuals who are victims of violent crimes that would benefit
from a visit or a phone call or a card? Each person is born in the image and likeness of
God (Gen. 1:26-27)
Christians are expected to demonstrate their love of God in the ways they relate to others.
St. John said: "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 present Gospel makes us look at ourselves. We are moving closer to Great Lent.
It is a time to think seriously about repentance. It is a time to think seriously about
personal change. It is a time to think about God in our lives.
The present Gospel makes us think about the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ in each
person we meet. We may have trouble recognizing Christ in others due to the configuration
of our own selves.
We may have trouble recognizing Christ in others due to our vision being clouded with sin.
We may have trouble relating to others in a Christian way because we do not live up to the
teachings of Christ.
The present Gospel requires a personal honesty. The present Gospel sets forth two
alternatives. The way we live will lead to everlasting punishment or eternal life.
If we are on the edge of the abyss, it is time to pull back and seek a new direction.
We cannot separate our lives from the lives others. We cannot separate our desire for eternal
life from the way we treat others in life.
Christ is our Guide for daily life. Christ is our Guide for relationships with others.
Christ is the Standard for measuring all relationships. The present Gospel reveals the
comprehensiveness of the Christian life. The present Gospel reveals the requirements of
the Christian life.
Fulfilling Christian responsibilities requires more than a casual approach to
relationships. We need to look at others with joy in our hearts and joy in seeing and
meeting others. The joy of Christ in our midst is present to be experienced daily.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 29 / February 11, 2007
Sunday of the Last Judgement.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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