Even though Christ is no longer physically present on the earth, we still maintain that
access through His chosen vessel, the Church. His tangible presence, we experience through
the Holy Sacraments administered by the Church, and His teaching continues through the ages.
St. Luke Newsletter, December, 2007
· The man born blind and healed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
· Our spiritual blindness.
· Having our eyes open to see Christ in everyone we meet.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
May 25 - Attended graduation party.
May 26 - Attended Memorial Day Pilgrimage at St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.
May 29 - Attended class on "Leaving a Legacy" held by West Virginia University in
May 29 - Attended the funeral of Khouriyee Joann Abdullah at St. George Church in
May 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
Wisdom of Sirach 7:29
With all your soul fear the Lord and honor his priests.
Sunday of the Blind Man
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him
saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered,
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can
work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things,
He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man
with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated,
Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who
previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said,
"This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him,
"How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed
my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I
received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought
him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and
opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said
to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees
said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said, "How can
a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the
blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a
prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his
sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them,
saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he now see?" His parents
answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what
means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him.
He will speak for himself." His parent said these things because they feared the Jews, for the
Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the
synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man
who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He
answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though
I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open
your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to
hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said,
"You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for
this fellow, we do not know where He is from." The man answered and said to them, "Why,
this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!"
Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does
His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the
eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." They
answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?"
And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said
to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may
believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking
with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.
The present Gospel describing the healing of the man blind from birth is a beautiful
account of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus performed a miracle in the
healing of the blind man.
Jesus Christ continues to perform miracles in the lives of individuals to the present day.
Miracles occur in the lives of believers whose lives are transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Everyday individuals become "new" in Christ by opening their hearts, minds and souls to
the Lord Jesus Christ. Society has many people who are skeptical about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Society has many individuals who are direct opponents of the Lord Jesus Christ. Society
has individuals who choose religions and have beliefs which have nothing to do with the Lord
The real way to experience the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ is simply to believe in
Him. The real way to experience the truth about the Lord Jesus Christ is simply to pray to
Him in all sincerity.
Individuals baptized into Christ and Chrismated experience the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ experience the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals married in the Church, ordained in the Church, anointed at the Service of
Holy Unction experience the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals repenting and confessing sins in
the Church experience the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals living in Christian homes experience the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals knowing
their sins are forgiven experience the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals hearing the Holy Gospel and feeling the power of the Gospel in their lives
experience the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals coming to the Church on Pentecost and sensing
the presence of the Holy Spirit know the power of God and the completeness of the Holy Trinity.
Christ is Risen and His Resurrection puts to rest the power of death. Christ is Risen and
His Resurrection puts to rest the notion that evil is greater than Good.
The healing of the man blind from birth is celebrated each year following Pascha.
The blind man became "new" in Christ with eyes to see the Living Christ before his eyes.
Today and everyday of every century, individuals have the power to experience the
Crucified and Risen Christ in their lives. Individuals need only believe in Him.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 19 / June 1, 2008
Sunday of the Blind Man.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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