May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava of Serbia
The experience of religious feeling would be considered an "inner experience" in the
life of man. This intimate experience is cherished and not easily shared with others,
due to its personal nature. But whether or not we acknowledge it, this feeling constitutes
the basis of life itself. Therefore, it might be said that a person is not only what he knows,
but what he believes. This can be extended to a clan, an ethnic group, or an entire nation,
despite the fact that consideration of religion as an underlying motivation is often easily
dismissed, especially when it comes to social, political, or economic spheres
May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius, St. Nikodim of Pec.
May 25 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
June 1 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Blind Man
June 1 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 4 - Leave-taking of Pacha
June 5 - Feast of Ascension
June 14 - Memorial Saturday
June 15 - Pentecost
June 23 - Apostles Fast begins.
(So Help Me God.
Vantage Press, New York, New York.1992, p. 351
· The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
· What a person does with his or her life after being healed.
· Giving thanks to God for personal healing and answer to prayer.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May 12 - Pastoral visit to area family.
May 13 - Went to Monastery Marcha.
May 15 - Assisted with Serbian exhibit at Coral Street Elementary School Heritage Days,
May 15 - Viisted patient in Uniontown Hospital.
May 16 - Went to Diocesan Center for Shadeland Meeeting.
May 17 - Attended celebration for parishioner. Visited a patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
From the Wisdom of Sirach
My son, from your youth up, choose instruction, and you will find wisdom into old age.
Sunday of the Paralytic
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in
Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving
of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water;
then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever
disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
When Jesus was him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a
long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him,
"Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while
I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed
and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that
day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath;
it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said
to me, "Take up your bed and walk." Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you,
"Take up your bed and walk?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus
had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple,
and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon
you." The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.
The Lord Jesus Christ made the man well. The Lord Jesus Christ healed the man who lay
by the pool. The man's infirmity lasted thirty eight years. Jesus Christ healed him of his
The present Gospel is a lesson in faith and in patience. We may be afflicted with a
problem of long duration. The problem may be mental, physical or spiritual. Jesus Christ
can make a difference.
The Resurrection Matins service states this about Christ: "Thou hast faithfully promised
to be with us until the end of the world. Having this as our anchor of hope, we the faithful
The paralytic was without help until the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in his life.
Individuals who feel they have no one to help them can always take comfort in knowing
the Lord Jesus Christ will provide the help needed.
Frustrations can creep into a life as problems increase. Frustrations can be taxing
on the mind and on the body. The contemporary world has become fast paced. Problems may seem
to outweigh solutions. Christ provides the calm necessary to put problems into perspective
God came to Elijah in a "still small voice."
(I Kings 19:12) Present day believers need to listen carefully for
the voice of God in their lives. Present day believers need quiet time with God on a
Stillness, quietness and peace are a part of the serious Christian life.
The Psalmist said: "Be still and know that I am God."
(Ps. 46:10). Noise can be unsettling to the soul.
Take time in life on a regular basis to stand before the holy icons in quiet prayer.
Take time in an atmosphere of peace and quiet each day to carefully think about God.
Take time to pray each day.
The paralytic experienced a new found freedom and mobility in Christ.
Jesus changed the man's life. The healed paralytic would no longer be the same.
Jesus still changes lives today. Jesus frees contemporary believers from paralysis
of the mind, heart and soul. Jesus gives new life to those coming to Him in faith and love.
We are in the Paschal period. The Resurrection of Christ shows the limits of death
and the power of Christ to overcome those limits. The change in the paralytic's life is
cause for great joy.
Jesus Resurrection is celebrated with great joy. Before the Resurrection there was the
Cross. Before the healing of the paralytic, there was the paralysis. The paralysis was a
form of death. The man was contained. He was restricted in movement. He was restricted in life.
Jesus lifts restrictions. Jesus told His disciples: "With God all things are possible."
(Mt. 19:26) Centuries earlier The Holy Prophet Joel recorded these words
of God: "It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men
shall see visions..." a(Joel 2:28)
The Precious Body and Blood of Christ nourishes and gives joy to believers.
Going forth in Christ, serious believers are mindful of the words of the Holy Prophet Isaiah.
The Holy Prophet Isaiah said: "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the
house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us His ways, that we may walk in His paths."
The Resurrected Christ provides the food for eternal life
The Lord Jesus Christ provides the spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Believers need look nowhere else to satisfy their hunger or thirst.
Care for the soul is of primary importance. The Resurrected Christ is celebrated
at this time for good reason. The healed paralytic is a convincing example of the
healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1The Paschal Service.
Department of Religious Education, Orthodox Church in America, New York, 1977, p. 38
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 5 / May 18, 2008
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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