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
Whatever our donation is, let us never forget to recall God’s blessings on us.
What are we thankful for? Your good health, your family, your food? Your parents,
the wonderful love and guidance you have had all your life? Are you thankful for
this parish community? And most of all, are you grateful for the eternal salvation
that only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ?
October 31 / November 13, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
( “Offer a Gift to God and Say 'Thank You.'”
The Voice of Saint Stephen
New York, October-December, 2011
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The faithfulness of St. George Choir.
The cumulative weekly contributions and investment of choir members in the
St. George Church by coming to sing each Divine Liturgy.
The lives touched by the singing of the St. George Church Choir.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 4 - Attended continuing education class on Schizophrenia
at West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.
November 7 - Blessed one Slava Kolach at a home in the parish.
November 8 - Visited one parishioner at home.
November 9-10 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Monastery of the
Mother of God, Shadeland, Springboro, Pennsylvania.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared
sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores,
who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the
rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the
beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also
died and was buried. And being in torment in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw
Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham,
have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water
and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, 'Son,
remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus
evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this,
between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that those who want to pass from
here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us. Then he said, 'I beg you
therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have five
brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.
Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.'
And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will
repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'
Being serious about the Lord Jesus Christ requires a firm long-term commitment.
From baptism until departure from this life, many, many years can pass. Individuals
often live well into their eighties and nineties. There seems to be an increase in
numbers of individuals becoming one hundred years old.
Disparities exist among individuals in current society. The words of the prophets
continue to have relevancy regarding the state of society today. Lazarus and the rich
man were greatly separated as described in the current Gospel.
Lazarus and the rich man had totally different life experiences before and after
they departed this life. Not everyone takes time in this life to think carefully about
where they will spend eternity.
Lazarus was blessed by God and cared for after he departed this life. The rich man
lived a physically comfortable earthly life but suffered greatly when he departed this life.
The decisions and actions individuals make during earthly life determine where they
spend eternity. The rich man was narrow and selfish in his outlook. The rich man showed
no concern or compassion for Lazarus during his earthly life. God showed compassion on
Lazarus as to where he would spend eternity.
The value of Moses and the prophets is proclaimed in the current Gospel.
Moses and the prophets have much to teach attentive readers.
In Isaiah we read: “Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune
which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice and to take what is right from the
poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless.”
Let us think of the various forms of current crime at all levels of society. Let us
think about the corruption and immorality manifesting itself in politics and high levels
of public and private institutions.
Let each person look in the mirror and view the plank in his or her own eye and not
the speck in our brother’s eye.
Each person improves the world by turning to God for improvement of the self.
Each person improves the world by repenting of personal sin and seeking the Kingdom
of God. When a person loves Christ and commits to following Christ, relationships change.
When a person loves Christ, the love is manifested in family relationships and
relationships with co-workers, and neighbors. If the rich man in the current Gospel
loved God, his treatment of Lazarus would have been different.
If the rich man in the current Gospel loved God, his experiences would have been
different when he departed this life. Every year as Great Lent approaches, on the Sunday
of the Last Judgment, we are reminded of caring for the sick, the suffering, the
imprisoned and the stranger.
In the First Epistle of John we read: “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ
is born of God, everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.”
(I Jn. 5:1)
Our relationships with the people in our daily lives reveal the nature of our
relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. We do well to steep our lives in the teachings
of Christ. We do well to love Christ with all our heart, mind and soul.
The current Gospel has an element of sadness. The rich man had the choice to live
a different life. The rich man had daily choices that could have been made differently
with a different outcome as to how he would spend eternity.
The choices we make each day have a net effect on the way we will spend eternity.
We will never be able to repeat each day. We must be careful about the decisions we make.
Prayer has a definitive benefit in the making of daily decisions.
The teachings of Christ serve as standards and goals for Christians. Serious
Christians take the teaching of Christ seriously. The current Gospel is a lesson
with lasting results.
Let us heed the words of Christ. Let us heed the words of the Holy Prophets.
Throughout the year the correlation between the words of the Holy Prophets and
Christ are constantly revealed.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
October 31 / November 13, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Apostles: Stachys, Amplias, Urban, Aristobulus and others with them.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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