Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944
Confession should be preceded by meditation and followed by repentence.
Simply admitting one’s faults, without changing one’s way of life and behavior,
is not beneficial for the one who goes to confession. One should remember there
are sins of COMMISSION (doing wrong) and sins of OMISSION (failing to do good.)
It also should be pointed out that transgression can be made by words, deeds,
and thoughts, and they can be committed against God, against other human beings
and against oneself.
July 11 / July 24, 2011
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
(Orthodoxy: Courage to be Different…Strength to Remain the Same.
Published by the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, 1994, pp. 77-78
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Forgiveness of Sins
The power of God
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 17 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh
followed by Parastos and Memorial Service at Cathedral cemetery.
Attended Serb National Federation Picnic.
July 17-July 23 - Was at St. Sava Camp, Shadeland.
July 23 - Attended Monastery Marcha Slava in Richfield, Ohio.
The Lord is righteous; He has cut the cords of the wicked.
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 Gospel is intended to draw people closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is intended to unite people with Christ. The Gospel speaks with the
power of God to those willing to listen.
Lives are changed by reading and listening to the Holy Gospel. The current
Gospel reading describes the forgiveness of sins by the Lord Jesus Christ.
When a person goes to Holy Confession, a great weight is lifted from the person.
The forgiveness of sins provides a great healing.
The forgiven person is freed from the paralysis created by sin. The forgiven
person experiences the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turning to Christ
in search of forgiveness and with a repentant heart is a life-changing experience.
Forgiveness brings with it the expectation the person will live in a responsible
and God-pleasing manner. In the current Gospel, the paralytic was forgiven his sins
and was healed of the physical paralysis afflicting him.
The Lord Jesus Christ has power exceeding the imagination of individuals.
The Lord Jesus Christ has love and mercy beyond the expectations and comprehension
Believers do well to contemplate the love, mercy and goodness of the Lord
Jesus Christ. Believers do well to have the name of Jesus in their hearts and
minds and on their lips throughout the day.
Care is taken for the soul when believers pray with consistency. Going to Holy
Confession on a regular basis and with sincerity of mind is beneficial to the believer.
The current Gospel lesson serves as a basis for hope for individuals today.
Sins can paralyze a person and prevent mobility. Sins can weigh heavily upon a
person’s mind and keep the person from Christian growth.
Knowing that Jesus forgives sins provides motivation for a person to seek to
change his or her life. The most lasting changes come through unity with Christ.
Growth in Christ becomes possible through repentance of sins.
The present Gospel is heard within the Church. The Church provides instruction.
The Church provides religious services encouraging Christian growth.
Individuals are nourished in the Church by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individuals turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and find nourishment by reading the
Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals draw strength and find peace by
reciting the Jesus Prayer…”Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.
Believers are united with Christ through partaking of His Precious Body and Blood.
Drawing closer to the Lord Jesus Christ is the best way to live each day. The closer
a person draws to Christ, the more a person lives as intended.
Living in Christ enables a person to develop in God-pleasing ways. Talents given
by God are used for the glory of God. Talents given by God are used in God-pleasing ways.
The scribes observing Jesus with the paralytic did not look with favor. Jesus knew
the content of their hearts and took action to show the completeness of His power.
Jesus has control over the body and afflictions of the soul.
Individuals commit sins during the course of their lives. They need the healing
and forgiving power of Christ to be reunited with Christ. Estrangement from Christ
occurs when individuals remain in sin and fail to repent.
Estrangement denies a person the joy of unity with Christ. Too often individuals
are recalcitrant and have a hard heart. Too often individuals fail to look to God for
direction, strength and hope.
Drawing closer to Christ reveals personal sins and the need for repentance.
The goodness and mercy of God provide a welcome for the person seeking honest
change in life. The goodness and mercy of God enable a person to believe forgiveness
will take place and a new beginning in Christ will occur.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “IF anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creation; old things have passed away;behold, all things have become new.”
(II Cor. 5:17)
Individuals are required to look at the healed and forgiven paralytic in a
different way after the paralytic’s experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Contemporary individuals changed by the Lord Jesus Christ are required to be
Changes in a person due to being new in Christ are to be respected and honored.
Praise and thanksgiving are due to the Lord God for providing each person with the
opportunity to continuously begin anew.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 11 / July 24, 2011
New Hieromartyrs of Serbia
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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