So if we ask that the Kingdom of God may come to us, the meaning of our request is this:
I would be a stranger to corruption and liberated from death; would that I were freed from
the shackles of sin and that death no longer lorded it over me. Let us no more by tyrannized
by evil so that the adversary may not prevail against me and make me captive through sin.
But may Thy Kingdom come to me, so that the passions which still rule me so mercilessly
may depart from me, or rather may be altogether annihilated.
(The Lord's Prayer-The Beatitudes
Newman Press, New York, 1954, p. 51
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The Raising of Lazarus
· Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey.
· The arrival of Holy Week
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Holy Trinity Mission business.
Went to Diocesan Center in Mars for Shadeland meeting.
March 29 - Visited parishioner in Brownsville.
March 30 - Served Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Desert Fathers
An old man said, "See that thou despise not the brother that stands by thee:
for thou knowest not whether the spirit of God be in thee or in him."
The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead,
whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus
was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of
spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was
filled with the fragrance of oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,
who would betray Him, said, "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denari
and given to the poor?" This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was
a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said,
"Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you
always, but Me you do not have always." Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there;
and they came, not for Jesus' sake only but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had
raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also. Because
on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus. The next day a great
multitude that had come to the feast, when they had heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! Blessed is He
who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of Israel!" -Then Jesus, when He had found a young
donkey, sat on it; as it is written:-"Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey's colt." His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when
Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that
they had done these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called
Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. For this reason the people
also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
We gather to celebrate the Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem is a historical event. Jesus Christ transcends time.
We should always remember "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."
(Heb. 13:8) The multitude called Jesus "The King of Israel.
At Holy Baptism, we confess Jesus Christ as King and as God.
Today is a major feast in the Holy Orthodox Church.
This year and every year, the Church celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
The miracle of Lazarus being called forth from the tomb was fresh in the minds of the
people of Jerusalem. The Church wants the raising of Lazarus and Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
remembered each year.
Contemporary believers must come to terms with the King of Israel. Contemporary believers
must come to terms with continuously honoring the confession of Faith, of Jesus as King and
Centuries have passed since Jesus rode into Jerusalem. The passage of time has not blurred
the memory of this triumphal entry. The passage of time has not diminished Jesus Christ.
Contemporary believers must determine the best way for their lives to be united with
Christ. Contemporary believers must determine the best way to live the life in Christ.
The lives of the saints offer a wide range of examples of faithfulness to Christ.
The lives of the saints offer different lifestyle. All of the saints are rooted in and
united with Christ. All of the saints lived within the framework of God's Holy Church.
Each believer must find his or her "calling." Each believer must work out his or her
salvation within the Church. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Ephesians: "to walk worthy of
the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering,
bearing with one another in love." (Eph. 4:1-2)
Life is defined in and with Christ. Life is nourished in and by Christ. Life exists in
Christ. The Paschal Gospel states: "All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing
was made that was made." (Jn. 1:3)
Living in Christ brings fullness. Living in Christ brings internal peace. Living in
Christ provides purpose and direction. All eyes where on Jesus when He entered Jerusalem.
All eyes should always be on Jesus.
The mind is best filled with thoughts of the Lord Jesus Christ. The heart is best filled
with the Lord Jesus Christ. The soul receives the best care when united with Christ.
Jesus is the dominant image on this Feast of the Entry into Jerusalem. Each believer
determines whether Christ is predominant in his or her life.
The present Gospel describes chief priests plotting against Lazarus. Lazarus' return to
life proved the divinity of Christ. Like the chief priests in the present Gospel,
contemporary forces work against Christianity.
Christian believers standing for ethical and moral behavior in the schools, in the
workplace, in the community and in the homes are threats to individuals having power
bases rooted in unethical and immoral practices.
Faithful Christians hold true to the Lord Jesus Christ as King and as God under all
circumstances. Faithful Christians always return to the narrow path
(Mt. 7:13). Faithful Christians always seek first the kingdom of God
and His righteousness (Mt. 6:33).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 19 / April 1, 2007
Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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