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
August 22 / September 4, 2011
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request during the week.
In the home, respect of the highest degree for religious education must be shown by
the parents. The school is not a baby-sitting service. The home has its response to make
to the school. The seeds that are planted in the classroom are for parents to nurture in
2010 Calendar of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church of
North and South America
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The daily Scripture readings of the Church.
The nourishment provided by reading the Scriptures.
Meeting the hunger of the soul each day.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 29 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 30 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown, Pa.
On the day I called Thou didst answer me, my strength of soul Thou didst increase.
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I
may have eternal life? So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?” No one is good but One,
that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him,
“Which ones?” Jesus said, “You shall not murder” “You shall not commit adultery,”
“You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “Honor your father and your
mother,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him,
“All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him,
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying,
he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples,
“Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than
for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were
greatly astonished, saying “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said
to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The reading of the Holy Gospel at each Divine Liturgy turns thoughts to personal
expectations. Individuals come to church with different expectations, various interests
and personal concerns. The Gospel speaks to each person in an individual way while at
the same time having a universal message for all believers.
The current Gospel reading focuses on personal wealth and the goal of eternal life.
Adhering to the commandments of God is a fundamental expectation. The young man in the
current Gospel was probing Jesus. Jesus had the man examine himself and his primary
motivation. The man was attached to his wealth to the degree he could not move forward
and follow Christ.
Honestly earned personal wealth can be a blessing to many. How the personal wealth
is used reveals the person’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. The man in the
current Gospel was asked to sell what he had and give the proceeds to the poor.
Following Christ was the next step the man was to take. The man felt Jesus was asking
too much of him.
Jesus suffered and voluntarily went to the Cross until death. Martyrs through the
centuries have been faithful to Christ. Reading the lives of the saints reveals that
saints have suffered extensively often to their death.
Each person needs to determine if Christ is held first in the heart, the mind and
the soul. When Christ is primary in life, material possessions and material wealth are
put in perspective. When Christ is primary in life, all talents and resources are
utilized to advance the person’s growth in Christ.
Followers of Christ will manage their wealth and possessions in ways that are
pleasing to God. The Gospel of St. Luke has a wonderful parable about the handling
of wealth and the making of investments. Wise use is to be made of gifts and resources
The degree of purity of heart and mind affects the way a person looks at wealth as
a blessing from God. Talents and wealth from God require conscientious use.
Parishes must take care when establishing goals. The goals of every parish should
be consistent with the prayers of consecration. Faithfulness to the advancement of the
Gospel of Christ and to the prayers of consecration is expected until the Second Coming
of Christ. Parishes are not to become businesses. Fundraising efforts are not to replace,
compromise or overshadow efforts to advance the Gospel and the communal life in Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ taught: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
The Lord Jesus Christ needs to be primary in each life. Individuals united with Christ
will face each day strengthened in Christ. Problems become more manageable when the
individuals turn to Christ in prayer. Rays of hope shine through times of darkness
when Christ is in the heart and mind.
Believers need to focus on their own standing with Christ and not look with judgment
on others. Each person will stand before Christ as an individual. Each person does well
to reflect on the current Gospel and assess personal goals and interests.
Each person benefits from being nourished by the Holy Gospel. The Lord Jesus Christ
has something beneficial to say to each attentive listener. Open hearts and minds improve
with the reception of the Holy Gospel.
Each person needs to determine if daily goals, interests and efforts are directed
toward pursuing material wealth or pursing the kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ
made it clear if the kingdom of God and His righteousness are the primary goals,
material needs will be met.
Lasting joy is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Lasting joy is found in authentic prayer.
Lasting joy is found in partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The Lord Jesus
Christ said: “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
A person will not take material possessions with him when departing this life.
The person’s relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ will determine where the person
will experience eternity. The decisions made each day in the way a person relates to
material wealth, to God and to neighbor becomes the evidence to be considered at the
Final Judgment by the returning Christ.
Hearing the Gospel and heeding the Gospel leads to eternal life. Ultimately,
every serious believer wants to hear the words: “Come, O blessed of my Father,
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…”
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 22 / September 4, 2011
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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