Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
We have come, brothers and sisters, to the tenth and last commandment which God
gave to the Prophet Mosses on Mt. SInai. The first nine commandments taught us what
to or what we dare not do. But the tenth goes further and teaches us to keep watch
over the desires of our heart.A man's heart is a treasury and the type of treasure
gathered in that treasury depends upon the desire of each person's heart. He who
desires good gathers a good treasure, and he who desires evil gathers an evil treasure.
Each of us has the power to choose what he wants, for God has given us a great gift,
the gift of a free will. How are we to recognize what is beneficial to desire and what
is harmful? God shows us what is good for He alone is Good. He gives us commandments
that we may know what is good. Whoever chooses to keep the commandments of God knows
what is good and he chooses to disobey the commandments of God knows what is evil.
From a recent sermon in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The influence of the Ecumenical Councils.
The standards set by the Ecumenical Councils.
The lasting effects of the Ecumenical Councils.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 25 - Went to Monongahela Hospital while parishioner had surgery.
Visited parishioner in Uniontown.
Visted parishioner in McGee Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 27 - Visited patient in Mon General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
Visited parishioner in Uniontown.
Lord hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying,
“Son of David, have mercy on us!” And when He had come into the house, the blind men
came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your
faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them,
saying, “See that no one knows it.” But when they had departed, they spread the news
about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold they brought to Him a man,
mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the
multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!” But the
Pharisees said, “He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons.” Then Jesus went
about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel
of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Holy Fathers of the First Six Ecumenical Council
Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father,
the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, as You
have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as
many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You,
the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on
the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. And now, O Father,
glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the
world was. I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the
world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they
have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given
to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them and have
known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me,
for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified
in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come
to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they
may be one as We are. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name.
Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of
perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these
things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
We gather today in God’s Holy Church to worship and give thanks to God.
We come seeking unity with the Lord Jesus Christ. We come seeking eternal life.
We come seeking to experience the Kingdom of God. Repentance is a necessary part
of our Christian lives. Holy Confession is a necessary part of our Christian lives.
Joy is found in partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. Joy is
experienced in listening to the Holy Gospel. We experience God in the Church.
The Divine Liturgy transforms lives. Each Divine Liturgy is the same. Each Divine
Liturgy is different. Each time we enter a church we are different. Hopefully each
time when we exit the church after worship, we are better than when we entered.
Being attentive in church is essential if we are to fully benefit. Savoring
the words of the service including the Gospel benefits the soul. Our mind does
well when it focuses on the content of the service. Our mind does well when the
Holy Gospel is carefully considered.
Today’s Gospel of St. Matthew is a lesson in the healing power of God.
Strong faith has a part in the healing process. The Holy Scriptures serve to
nourish our faith. Nourishing our faith, nourishing our soul, deserves priority
in our lives. Each person determines personal priorities. Seeking first the Kingdom
of God and His righteousness are primary teachings of Christ
The goals we set in life affects where we will spend eternity. The love we
have for Christ is reflected in the way we utilize the time of life. The amount of
time we devote to God in daily life influences the shape and direction of our lives.
We cannot expect to experience the fruit of the Spirit
if we live in ways contrary to God. We can not expect to experience
eternal life if consciously and repeatedly engage in sinful activities.
We must think about the atmosphere in our homes. Do our homes have the atmosphere
of a small church? Are the images in our homes, on our computers, and on our
television screens consistent with the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ?
Does our attitude toward life reflect a faith in Christ that will foster the healing
of our souls? Are the words that flow from our mouth said in love and with peace in mind?
Do we engage in behavior that is less than healthy for ourselves and for others?
Do we reflect the love of Christ in our relationships with others? Are we blind to the
presence of Christ in our daily lives? Do we fail in our understanding the Holy Gospel?
Are there times it is better that we remain silent rather than to spew words that
are harmful to others and to ourselves? The present Gospel readings summon us to think
about the Lord Jesus Christ. We do well to think about the Lord Jesus Christ throughout
the day and night. We do well to have the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in our heart
and on our lips throughout the day.
Jesus enabled the blind men to have their sight. He enabled the mute man to speak
and be free of the demon that possessed him. The Lord Jesus Christ can give us a new
view of the world. He can help us to speak words of peace and love. He can give us
peace in our hearts and in our minds.
Let us marvel at the Lord God. Let us be forever grateful to the Lord God.
May our hearts be filled with love for God. May our mouths confess the miracles
of Christ and teachings of Christ. May we seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 18 / July 31, 2011
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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