· Three Presidents of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church once
served as priests at St. George Church.
The Proverbs of Solomon
The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the perversity of the unfaithful will
destroy them. Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his
own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be
caught by their lust.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Faith under all circumstances.
· Faith in the home.
· Faith in the community.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 17 - Went to Diocesan Center.
June 17 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
June 18 - Met with representative of Pa. Department of Corrections.
June 21 - Met with representative of Pa. Department of Environmental Protection.
June 22 - Went to Holy Trinity Chapel, Fairmont, W.Va.
From the Desert Fathers
Abba Or said: "The crown of the monk is humility."
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying,
"Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him,
"I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that You
should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I am
also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, 'Go,' and He goes;
and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." When Jesus
heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not
found such great faith, not even in Israel. And I say to you that many will come from east
and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the
kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
Then Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done
to you." And his servant was healed in that same hour.
The centurion had great faith. The Holy Scriptures do not say how the centurion came to
be a man of great faith. We can only surmise how he came to believe so strongly in Jesus
We can only guess the centurion had faith in God as result of teaching by his parents
or others significant in his life. We can only speculate he learned about God in lessons and
experienced God in his personal life.
The centurion came to Jesus in confidence and in faith. The centurion came to
Jesus trusting that Jesus would respond to his appeal and heal his servant.
The centurion's faith was an abiding faith. The centurion's faith was genuine. The
centurion exposed his faith to the Lord Jesus Christ. There was no deceiving of Jesus.
All is transparent to Christ.
If the centurion harbored weak faith or if the centurion came to Jesus with deception
in his heart, Jesus would have known of the trickery or weakness of faith.
Jesus told the centurion He had not found such great faith, even in Israel. The centurion
was convincing to Jesus. Each generation needs to learn the lesson of faith from the centurion.
Each person benefits by developing and maintaining such faith.
The faith of the centurion was sufficient for the healing of the centurion's servant.
We all have loved one's and know people who can benefit from prayer and from healing by the
Lord Jesus Christ.
Each of us can benefit from the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we have faith
as the centurion, if we believe in God with the faith of the centurion, we can experience
the healing power of Christ. If we have the faith of the centurion, we can pray to the
Lord God for others near and dear to us and the prayers will be well received.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this
mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."
Faith in God brings results. Faith in God reaffirms the presence of God. Faith in God
inspires believers to go forth in life with even stronger faith.
Faith is defined in Hebrews 1:1 as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen." The centurion came to Jesus with hope. He came to Jesus with the
expectation the servant would be healed.
Contemporary believers experience problems throughout their lives.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ makes the problems manageable.
Parents must set a course of action in raising their children. Raising children with
faith in God is the soundest course of action. Individuals with serious illness or facing
the approach of the end of their lives do well to have strong faith in God.
Individuals with spouses who are prone to alcoholism and drug abuse need strong faith.
Individuals facing the loss of a job or experiencing an unexpected tragedy need strong
faith in God.
Strong faith in God provides assurance that the way of God is the best way. The Holy
Apostle Paul said: "Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ." (Eph. 5:20)
Let us look in faith to Christ who turned the Cross from an instrument of death into a
sign of victory. Let us look to the joy of the Resurrection for inspiration and hope.
May the healing of the centurion's servant be a vivid example for all believers. A time
of desperation was turned into a time for celebration. Jesus does not disappoint those who
believe in Him.
Psalm 34 provides reassurance for believers who turn to God in faith. The Psalmist David
said: "I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
The dynamics between Jesus and the centurion have withstood careful examination through
the centuries. The Church continues to require the exchange between the centurion and Jesus
to be read each year on the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
The lesson of faith in God never gets old. The lesson of faith in God defines and gives
shape to each century. Faith shapes individual lives. Faith shapes families. Faith shapes
parishes. Faith shapes communities. Faith shapes nations.
While there is time, while we have faculty of mind, while we have breath in the body,
let us remain strong in faith. Let us turn to the Lord Jesus Christ now and always for the
healing of soul and body.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Third Sunday of Pentecost.
Sts. Bartholomew and Barnabas.
June 11 / 24, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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