Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God
and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of
God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and
sent His Son to be the propitiation of our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought
to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in
us, and His love has been perfected in us.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Praying with icons.
· Learning from icons.
· Being surrounded by icons.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
February 18 - Attended Deanery Vespers at St.Sava Church, Mckeesport.
February 19 - Visited patient at Presbyterian Care Nursing Home, Washington, Pa.
February 20 - Went to hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania while parishioner had surgery.
February 22 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia to serve pomen.
February 23 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for funeral.
February 24 - Went of Fairmont, West Virginia to serve Divine Liturgy.
February 24 - Went to St. Nicholas Ukranian Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pennsylvania
for Mon Valley Orthodox Clergy Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. Gave sermon.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) said, "As breath which comes out of his nostrils,
so does a man need humility and the fear of God."
The Sunday of Orthodoxy
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him,
"Follow Me." Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found
Nathaniel and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law; and also, the
prophets wrote---Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And Nathanel said to him,
"Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." Jesus saw
Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is
no deceit!" Nathanael said to Him, "How do You know me?" Jesus answered and said to him,
"Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you." Nathanael
answered and said to Him, "Rabbi, You are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!"
Jesus answered and said to him, "Because I said to you, 'I saw you under the fig tree,
do you believe? You will see greater things than these." And He said to him, "Most
assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God
ascending and descending upon the Son of Man."
Today is the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Today is the first Sunday of Great Lent.
Today is a great day to consider the words of Jesus to Nathanael: "Follow Me"
Each of us accepted the invitation to follow the Lord Jesus Christ when we were baptized.
Each of us accepts the invitation to follow the Lord Jesus Christ to the extent we are
faithful to His teachings and to ways of life pleasing to Him.
Today the Holy Orthodox Church focuses on the place of icons in the Church.
Today is a good day to think about the Lord Jesus Christ taking on human flesh.
Today is a good day to think about the suffering of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the Cross,
His voluntary death and His resurrection. Today is a great day to use wisely in preparation
for the glorious Second Coming.
Each Sunday is a celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. The arrival of each Sunday is
ample reason to reflect on Jesus Christ in our lives and our faithfulness to Christ.
During Great Lent particularly, repentance and return to Christ are of paramount interest.
It is difficult to remain faithful to Christ every moment of time, everyday from baptism until
departure from this life.
The journey from baptism to departure from this life can be a very long journey.
We are called to be faithful. We are called to follow Christ. We are called to return
to Christ when we depart and fail to be faithful.
Everyday brings challenges. Everyday brings problems. Everyday brings opportunities.
Challenges and problems are opportunities to demonstrate faithfulness to Christ.
Challenges and problems are opportunities to assess our fundamental relationship with God.
The heart and the mind require our attention. Our interests, our use of time and resources
require careful examination.
To be faithful to Christ daily and throughout life requires proper care of the soul and
proper nourishment. Fasting and prayer are corrective means for the wayward soul.
Prayer and fasting prepare us for getting right with God.
Forgiveness is fundamental for living in ways pleasing to God. Holy Confession and Holy
Communion restore our relationship with God. Holy Communion is nourishment for the soul.
The Holy Gospel provides nourishment for the soul. The Holy Gospel unites us with
Christ in the hearing and in the opening of the heart and mind to receive the Gospel.
Careful reading of and listening to the Holy Gospel unites the person with Christ and
transforms the person. Just as the Precious Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ moves
throughout the body of the communicant, the careful reading and listening to the Holy Gospel
affects the believer.
Great Lent is a time when changes for the better are expected of believers. Great Lent
is a time when individuals separated from the Church may find the will to return.
Love of God is reason to return. Desiring to be cleansed of sins and be right with God
are reasons to return. A need for wholeness and completeness are reasons to return and be
reunited with God.
While we are never far from God, we can live in ways which are barriers to the best
relationship with God. We can live in ways which put our souls in peril. We can live in
ways that are definitely contrary to the ways pleasing to God.
The joy of being greatly forgiven is treasured by believers forgiven by God. The joy
of being united with Christ is treasured by believers preparing well for Holy Confession
The journey from the baptismal fount to the Kingdom of God can be a journey of joy, a
foretaste of the Kingdom. The Divine Liturgy gives believers direct joyful experience with God.
The Holy Mysteries give believers direct joyful experience with God. Prayer gives
believers direct joyful experiences with God. The Holy Gospel gives believers direct
joyful experiences with God.
Doing charitable works in furtherance of the Gospel are experiences of joy.
Unselfish giving are acts of Christian joy.
Jesus told Nathanael he would see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and
descending on the Son of Man. Contemporary believers have great experiences with God
when living faithful to God and in ways pleasing to God.
Inner peace, inner joy, a sense of unity with God and comfort in living in ways
pleasing to God, are great experiences of God. Being forgiven, being forgiving and loving
God are essential for joy.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 12 / February 25, 2007
Sunday of Orthodoxy, 2007.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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