· Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.
The Proverbs of Solomon
A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother. Treasures
of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death. The Lord will not allow
the righteous soul to famish, but he casts away the desire of the wicked. He who has a slack
hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a
wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· The Kingdom of God.
· Seeking first the Kingdom of God.
· The discipline needed to seek the Kingdom of God.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 10 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
June 12 - Attended retirement dinner for Pennsylvania Parole Board Hearing Coordinator
Linda Lesniak and Hearing Examiner David Flick. Held in Pittsburgh.
June 12 - Visited three residents of Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
June 13 - Visited patient in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
June 14 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing purposes.
June 15 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland Camp meeting.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Mius of Belos said, "Obedience responds to obedience.
When someone obeys God, God obeys his request."
The Third Sunday After Pentecost
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body will be
full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore
the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness. No one can serve two masters;
for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and
despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about
your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of the air, for
they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why
do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil
or spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of
these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown
into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry,
saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all
these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added
Believers have the opportunity to listen to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ as
presented by the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Matthew. Believers are blessed to hear the
words of the Lord Jesus Christ at each Divine Liturgy.
The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy to instruct believers about the teachings and
the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers are expected to take the Gospel readings to heart.
Believers are expected to incorporate the Gospel readings into their lives. Believers are
expected to grow and mature in their understanding of God and in the way of Christian living.
In the present Gospel, the Lord Jesus Christ teaches that we are to "Seek first the
kingdom of God. (Mt. 6:33)."
The Kingdom of God is to be our first priority in life.
The Kingdom of God is to be our primary goal in life.
Everything that we do in life should be directed toward the goal of attaining the
Kingdom of God. Everything that we say, think and do should be consistent with experiencing
the Kingdom of God.
Our present life experiences can be a foretaste of the Kingdom of God. If we are totally
conscientious in living in ways pleasing to God, we will experience unity with Christ and the
joy of His Kingdom.
When we do all that we can to live in ways pleasing to God, no more is expected. The Holy
Apostle Paul provides these words: "Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation
of the gospel of peace." (Eph. 6:13-15)
Even when being conscientious, believers are always to be mindful of the need for
repentance. We sin. We need to turn to God and seek forgiveness. We need to be contrite
of heart (Ps. 50/51: 17).
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to
repentance." (Lk.5:32) Jesus Christ's "call" is for all of us.
We answer the "call" from Christ one way or another each moment of time in our lives.
We may at many times say "yes" to Christ. We also will say many times "not now" or we may
be deafened to the "call" of Christ and answer other "calls" which are harmful to the soul.
The important step to take is to always return to Christ in faithfulness and humility.
The present Gospel speaks about the eye of the body. We need to think about the way we view
the world. We need to think about whether we look at the world and everyone and everything
in the world according to the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We evaluate world events, everything we see and everyone we meet according to our world
view. If Christ is the basis for our vision and standard by which everything and everyone
in the world is viewed, we will act accordingly.
Love, peace and forgiveness will characterize our lives if we look at the world and
everyone and everything thing in it according to Christ. If the accumulation of wealth or
power is our interest or if revenge or hostility govern our lives, then our world view
will be influenced by these traits.
If we harbor grudges, if we harbor hate, if we do not forgive others then these traits
will affect the way we live and relate with others. The Holy Apostle Paul expressed the
fundamental value of love in his Epistle to the Corinthians when he said: "Love never fails."
(I Cor. 13:8)
When we are blessed to meet individuals living by the standard of Christian love each day,
we experience the peace emanating from them. We sense the love emanating from them.
The Lord Jesus Christ said:" By their fruits you will know them."
(Mt. 7:17) We will know ourselves by our fruits as well.
We should make every effort and use every opportunity to keep the Kingdom of God as our goal.
As the Lord said, we should do all that we can to love the Lord our God with all our
heart, with all our mind and all of our soul. We should do all that we can to love our
neighbors as we love ourselves." (Mt. 22:37-39)
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Third Sunday of Pentecost.
ST. METROPHANES., First Patriarch of Constantinople.
June 11 / 24, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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