· Read you Bible for the benefit of your soul
The Proverbs of Solomon
Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the
top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates,
at the entry of the city. At the entrance of the doors: "To you, O men, I call, and my
voice is to the sons of men. O you simple ones, understand prudence. And you fools,
be of an understanding heart. Listen, for I will speak of excellent things.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The Apostles Fast.
· Reasons to Fast
· Benefits of fasting.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 5 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars.
June 6 - Visited parishioner recovering from surgery at home
June 7 - Visited homebound parishioner.
June 8-9 - Went to Paterson, New Jersey for Christian Education meeting
From the Desert Fathers
He (Abba Poemen) also said, "There are three things which I am not able to do without:
food, clothing and sleep; but I can restrict them to some extent.'
The Second Sunday After Pentecost - 2007
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and
Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them,
"Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed
Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his
brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and
immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. And Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all
kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
The Holy Gospel appeals to and attracts men, women and children from all walks of life.
The Holy Gospel speaks to the hearts, souls and minds of men, women and children of different
The hunger in the heart, the soul and the mind for Christ brings people to the Holy Gospel.
The work of the Church is to bring the Gospel to the hungry. In the Gospel of St. Luke,
Jesus refers to the fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah: "To preach the Gospel to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty the oppressed." (Lk. 4:18)
Individuals seek to satisfy the hunger of the mind, the heart and the soul in many
different ways. There is no substitute for the experience with Christ. There is no substitute
for the Holy Gospel. There is no substitute for the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.
We experience Christ in prayer. We experience Christ in our relations with other believers.
We experience Christ in acts of charity. We experience Christ in fasting. We experience Christ
in the Divine services of the Church.
If we open our eyes in search of Christ, we find Christ in our everyday lives.
If we open our hearts, we experience Christ in simple daily encounters with others.
If we open our minds, we learn of Christ in places we never thought to look.
The Church is a university of learning where the serious student will always find something
new. The Church is a university of learning where the serious student will practice life-long
learning. The primary tuition cost is to pick up the cross and follow Christ.
Jesus calls followers from all walks of life in each century to come to Him.
Jesus said: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:28-29)
Care for the soul is a life-long responsibility. Care for the soul ideally begins at Holy
Baptism and continues throughout life. Individuals living in Christ throughout life have
extended periods of joy.
Individuals coming to Christ late in life should not be discouraged. Better to come to
Christ at the eleventh hour than not at all. The thief on the cross heard the words from
Jesus: "Today you will be with Me in paradise." (Lk. 23:43)
Individuals never know when Christ will return. It is always sound to remember the lesson
of the wise and foolish virgins and to be ready for the Bridegroom to come
Furthermore, it is always sound to be attentive to the callings of Christ and to answer
"yes" to each call. The Mother of God set the lasting example when she said: "Behold the
maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word."
The present Gospel tells of Jesus calling His disciples. They responded immediately.
Urgency exists in the Christian life. The urgency includes an urgency to repent.
John the Baptist and Jesus both spoke of the urgency when they said: "Repent for the
kingdom of heaven is at hand." (Mt. 3:2, 4:17)
The Cross of Christ is always in the picture for believers. The Christian life cannot
be separated from the Cross of Christ. The Christian life cannot be separated from the
resurrection of Christ.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "faith should not be in the wisdom of men
but in the power of God." (I Cor. 2:5)
Draw upon the Holy Spirit for strength. Draw upon the Holy Spirit for direction.
Be active in prayer. Be active in fasting. Be active in the life in Christ. Let faith in
Christ dominate and guide daily life. Treasure the soul and nourish the soul
As we look to put good food upon the table, let us look to feed the soul with only the most
nourishing and best content available.
When church worship experiences are offered, let us say "yes" to Christ and draw near.
When church learning experiences are offered, let us say "yes" and participate.
When periods of fasting are prescribed, let us honor the wisdom of the Church and actively
participate in the fasts. When opportunities for charitable acts and acts of stewardship are
called for, let us step forward to do our best.
The Christian identity involves the whole person. We cannot compartmentalize Christianity,
locating it in the church building for a couple of hours on Sunday mornings, and living
differently throughout out the week. At Baptism and Chrismation, the total person is dedicated
Let us give our complete selves to God throughout our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Second Sunday after Pentecost.
May 28 / June 10, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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