Moses teaches us by his own example to take our stand with virtue as with a kinsman and to
kill virtue's adversary. The victory of true religion is the death and destruction of idolatry.
So also injustice is killed by righteousness and arrogance is slain by humility.
(The Life of Moses
Paulist Press, New York, p. 58
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· What leads to repentance?
· What results from repentance?
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 18 - Attended Vespers at St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
March 19 - Attended funeral of retired State Parole Agent Ewing Miller.
March 21 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. for Clergy Confession.
March 21 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
March 23 - Met with Michael Ciuca and Gary Dinzeo of Allegheny Energy.
From the Desert Fathers
An old man said,"Be a free man in thy speech, not a slave."
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they
were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and
began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem,
and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will
condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him,
and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." Then James and John,
the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask."
And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that
we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory." But Jesus said
to them, "You dod not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be
baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus
said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized
with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give,
but it is for those for whom it is prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be
greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them,
"You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them,
and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you;
but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you
desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."
St. Mary of Egypt
Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house,
and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that
Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought and alabaster flask of fragrant oil,
and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears,
and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the
fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying,
"This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is
touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have
something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who
had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing
with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love
him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And he said to
him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see
this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My
feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss,
this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint
My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you,
her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven,
the same loves little."
The last week of Great Lent has arrived. Holy Week will soon be here. Every remaining
day is important to finish the Lenten journey with faithfulness to Christ. Every remaining
day is important for individuals desiring unity with Christ.
Repentance of sins takes on increased importance. Faithfulness to Christ takes on
increased importance. Adhering to the narrow path takes on increased importance
The full heart and mind belong with Christ this week.
Believers benefit from finding creative ways to find time to pray to God. Believers
benefit from examining the limits placed on the personal relationship with Christ.
Believers benefit from increased personal knowledge of Christ and the teachings of the Church.
Holy Confession and Holy Communion are tried and true Holy Mysteries uniting the believer
with Christ. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are tried and true practices drawing a believer
closer to God.
Reading the Holy Scriptures provides nourishment for the soul. Maintaining faith even
under adverse conditions proves beneficial. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "And let us not grow
weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart."
This week gives the believer the opportunity to think back and review the journey this
year. This week gives the believer the opportunity to assess whether progress has been achieved.
Great Lent has the intended purpose of believers ending the Lenten journey as better
Christians than at the outset.
Humility is an important part in the life of the believer. The woman in today's Gospel
put herself at Jesus' feet. She washed and anointed Jesus' feet. The Gospel of St. John
reminds believers that Jesus washed His disciples' feet (Jn.13:5-15)
Believers do well to embrace these lessons of humility and make them part of their lives.
We show our love for Christ by the way we live. We show our love for Christ
by the way we talk. We show our love for Christ by the ways we invest our time.
The remaining days of Great Lent are treasured opportunities to demonstrate love for
Christ. The remaining days of Great Lent are treasured opportunities to demonstrate
appreciation to God for blessings received.
Becoming new in Christ requires a commitment to Christ. Becoming new in Christ requires
giving Christ first place in the heart and mind. Becoming new in Christ means putting aside
all that detracts from the relationship with Christ.
At Holy Baptism the believer set out on the journey to the Kingdom of God.
Great Lent helps the believer restore the vision of that journey. Great Lent helps believers
adjust the direction and content of their lives to be more consistent with the Baptismal
Today and each day let us do all we can to remain true to Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 12 / March 25, 2007
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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