My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them
continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you;
When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville
· The healing of the blind man.
· Viewing the world with hearts of Christian love.
· Having a new view of the world through Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May-6 - Attended three family Slava celebrations.
May 7 - Accompanied friend of parish to doctor.
May 8 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
May 9 - Went to Waynesburg Hospital to be with parishioner at time of surgery.
May 12 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Desert Fathers
A brother asked Abba Sisoes the Theban, 'Give me a word.' and he said,
'What shall I say to you? I read the New Testament, and I turn to the old.'
Sunday of the Blind Man 2007
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him
saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered,
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can
work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things,
He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man
with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated,
Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who
previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said,
"This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him,
"How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed
my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I
received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought
him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay
and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight.
He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the
Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said,
"How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They
said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said,
"He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and
received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And
they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he
now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was
born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not
know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parent said these things because
they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was
Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age;
ask him." So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory!
We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I
do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him
again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you
already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become
His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses'
disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is
from." The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not
know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!" Now we know that God does not hear sinners;
but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began
it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man
were not from God, He could do nothing." They answered and said to him, "You were completely
born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast
him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He
answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him,
"You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe!
And he worshipped Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ performs miracles. The Lord Jesus Christ changes lives. The Lord
Jesus Christ turns sinners into saints. Christ entering and remaining in a single human life
makes a decided difference.
When a person is baptized into Christ and takes the baptism seriously, the person can
live a full and complete life in Christ. This is not to say there will not be trials and
Jesus said: "A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecute Me, they will
also persecute you. If they kept My word they will keep yours also.
When a person makes a conscious decision to follow Christ and honors the decision,
a certain set of standards sets in. A certain direction is adopted. A certain relationship
is maintained with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The relationship with Jesus Christ affects all relationships. When a person is serious
about Christ, the person attempts to relate to others in the home, at the job and in the
community in ways pleasing to Christ.
Individuals fail and fall short in their efforts to live in ways pleasing to God.
Forgiveness comes for God for those willing to try anew. Individuals are shortsighted
and do not have the comprehensive vision of Christ.
Love of Christ can change a person's vision of the self, of family members, of friends and
co-workers. Love of Christ can change a person's vision of his or her circumstances in life.
Love of Christ can change a person's attitude towards others. Love of Christ can change
a person's perceptions of opportunities present in life.
Christ's entry into a person's life can come unexpectedly. Christ's entry into a person's
life will change the life completely if Christ is received with open heart and open mind.
In the present Gospel, the blind man went from being blind from birth to having sight
and being blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ directly. The present Gospel account of the
healing of the blind man is absolutely amazing.
The blind man testified about Christ in this way: "Since the world began it has been
unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind."
The healing of the man born blind is absolute reason for contemporary believers to open
their hearts and minds to Christ to an extent never previously considered.
The healing of the man born blind is reason for present day believers to be fervent in
faith and in Christian action. Individuals hearing the present Gospel can be filled with
joy over the healing of the blind man.
Individuals hearing the present Gospel can derive a permanent hope. Problems encountered
in life can be put in perspective knowing the living and loving Christ can change everything
we face in darkness.
Christ brings light The Risen Christ brings the light of the Resurrection. The Risen
Christ brings hope and light and love so each person can say with the healed blind man:
"Lord, I believe." (Jn. 9:38).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 30 / May 13, 2007
Holy Apostle James, brother of St. John the Theologian.
Sunday of the Blind Man.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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