· Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.
The Proverbs of Solomon
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companions of fools will be destroyed.
Evil pursues sinners but to the righteous, good shall be repaid. A good man leaves an
inheritance to his children's children but the wealth of of the sinner is stored up for
the righteous. Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, and for lack of justice there
is waste. He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.
The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, but the stomach of the wicked shall be in
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville
· Being forgiven.
· Being grateful.
· Being responsible.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 1 - Participated in parish Vidovdan program;
July 3 - Went to Washington Hospital to be with parish family at time of surgery.
July 3 - Went to Monessen to see Father Rumen Stoychev and family.
July 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 6 - Visited with Father Dimitre and family.
July 7 - Accompanied family in area with interest in and connection to St. George Church.
From the Desert Fathers
He (Poemen) also said, 'Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.'
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought
to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic,
"Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said
within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said,
"Why do you think evil in your hearts/ For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are
forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? "But that you may know that the Son of Man
has power on earth to forgive sins"---then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed,
and go to your house." And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it,
they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
The forgiveness of sins by the Lord Jesus Christ is an amazing opportunity. Individuals
seeking to begin anew in life have the opportunity to turn to Christ. Regardless of how bad
a person has been, the person can begin anew in Christ.
Forgiveness of sins provides hope. A person tired of an active life in sin can turn to
Christ. Christ will know the person's heart and grant forgiveness. The person can take up a
life of restoring good where there was once evil.
Zacchaeus is an example of a person doing good where he once did wrong. On Zacchaeus Sunday
the Gospel provides these words of Zacchaeus: "Lord, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor;
and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold."
Repentance is important. A change of heart is required for the new life in Christ. When
repentance is for real, the person's new life in Christ will reflect a difference in the way
An individual beginning anew in Christ will attempt to repair the past wrongs. The
individual will avoid relationships which increase the likelihood of sin. The person
"new in Christ" will conduct him or herself in ways pleasing to Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits."
If a person is serious about living the life in Christ, the person will live according to
the commandments and teachings of the Lord.
Sometimes past wrongs cannot be undone. Perhaps a person offended someone who has since
departed this life. The person new in Christ can only seek the forgiveness of God. The person
can only seek to maintain good relationships with individuals in the present and future.
Jesus healed the paralytic. Jesus gave the paralytic the newfound power to walk. The
paralytic experienced a new freedom in life. Jesus said: "Whoever commits sin is a slave of
sin." (Jn.8:38) Jesus made it clear: "If the Son makes you free,
you shall be free indeed."
Freedom brings with it the responsibility to act accordingly. New found freedom results
in an increase in joy. Decisions must be made on ways to use the freedom for the glory of God
and with appreciation to God.
When forgiveness of sins is experienced, the believer should continue to give thanks to
God for the new life in Christ. The new life in Christ should be lived in ways demonstrating
love and appreciation for the new opportunity in life.
With forgiveness of sins, Jesus provides the believer with a new opportunity to experience
eternal life. When an employer gives someone a good job, the grateful employee will work hard
and be worthy of the trust shown by the employer.
Each moment of joy experienced as a result of the forgiveness of sins can serve as a
reminder to thank God. Jesus is mindful of individuals taking time to return and give
thanks for healing.
Jesus told the story of the ten lepers who were healed. Jesus was clear in stating only
one of the healed lepers returned to say "Thank you." (Lk. 17:11-19)
Appreciative individuals praying to God will take time on a regular basis to give thanks to God.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Thessalonians: "In everything, give thanks; for this is the
will of God in Christ Jesus." (I Thess. 5:18)
The joy of the Resurrection has a place in the heart of each believer. Each Sunday is a
celebration of the Resurrection. Each Divine Liturgy is a celebration of the Resurrection.
Each day is an opportunity to experience and share the joy of the Resurrection.
The Resurrection of Christ offers continuous hope. The healing of the paralytic in the
present Gospel is another example of the hope Jesus offers for individuals feeling confined
and limited in their present living circumstances.
Jesus Christ transforms lives. Jesus Christ brings freedom and joy to the faithful.
Benefit exists in looking back over our lives and remembering Jesus answering our prayers.
Benefit exists in looking forward to each moment of life with faith in the Lord Jesus
Christ. In Samuel 12:22 we read: "For the Lord will not forsake His people, His great name's
sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you His people."
Each believer is consecrated to God at the time of Holy Baptism. Believers 'Put on" Christ
at Holy Baptism. Our whole bodies are dedicated to Christ. Our whole bodies are sealed at
Chrismation with the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Let us live in faithfulness to Christ, experiencing freedom and joy, and always being
appreciative for the healing in forgiveness of sins.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
Sixth Sunday of Pentecost.
Afterfeast of Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Virgin-martyr Febronia.
June 25 / July 8, 2007
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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