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
But no matter where or why they have gone, the Serbs have always taken their history,
their traditions, their Orthodox faith and their Serbian Orthodox Church with them. As we
in the Serbian disaspora struggle to come to terms with our new environments and challenges,
we can look back with admiration to Patriarch Arsenius III Crnojevic and those who followed
him as trailblazers who met the challenges of a new land so well.
January 9 / January 22, 2012
Sunday after Theophany
1990 Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the United States of America and Canada.
The humility shown by Jesus to be baptized by St. John the Baptist.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continuing renewal effect of Jesus being baptized in the Jordan.
The importance of water in our spiritual lives.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
January 14 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont,W.Va.
January 15 - Visited patient in UPMC, Presby, Pittsburgh, Pa.
A wise son makes a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
The Sunday after Theophany
Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.
And leaving Nazareth, He came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the
regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by
Isaiah the prophet, saying: "The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles. The people
who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region
and shadow of death light has dawned." From that time Jesus began to preach and to say,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
The current Gospel associates Jesus with the term “light.” Individuals living in
darkness find their way by following the light of Christ. Individuals not knowing which
way to turn in life, find direction by the light of Christ.
The Holy Prophet Isaiah lived centuries before Christ took on human flesh.
The Holy Prophet Isaiah was gifted to speak about the Lord Jesus Christ.
The words of the Holy Prophets continue to have relevancy.
The current Gospel provides believers with motivation to look with great care
to the words of the Holy Prophets to learn more about God. Time invested in reading
the Holy Prophets is time well invested.
The value of the Holy Prophets is revealed is the Gospel account of poor Lazarus
and the rich man. When the rich man was suffering after his death, he was told his
brothers could benefit from reading the Holy Prophets.
On the eve of feasts of the Church, prescribed readings regularly include references
to the words of the Holy Prophets. Believes do well to use their mind to learn more about
God by being attentive to the Holy Prophets.
Believers recite The Creed at Holy Baptism and profess belief in the Holy Spirit
speaking by the prophets. Belief in the Holy Spirit speaking by the prophets is
reaffirmed at each Divine Liturgy with the reciting of The Creed.
Believers are challenged to look beyond attractions of the current world having
little to do with salvation. It is too easy for believers to become content with their
state of Christian development and not seek further growth.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God.
The life in Christ offers continued development. The Holy Apostle Paul told the
Corinthians: “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory.”
(II Cor. 3:18)
Believers make decisions daily determining their faithfulness to Christ. Complete
faithfulness to Christ is expected. Complete faithfulness to Christ brings the fullest
development in Christ.
The current Gospel concludes with the words of Jesus on repentance. Repentance brings
a person’s life into conformity with the way of Christ. Repentance is rejection of evil
and embracement of the way of God.
Individuals determine the way daily life is lived. Decisions made each day either
conform to the way of God or reject the way of God. Constant attentiveness to God is
necessary to ensure choices are consistent with the way of God.
When a person is casual about the relationship with God, the soul is in peril.
A person’s relationship with God is the most important relationship. The relationship
with God is reflected in and is the foundation for all other relationships.
A person’s view of the world is shaped by the person’s understanding and relationship
with God. The way a person lives and choices made reflect whether the person really
loves God and wants full unity with God.
The heart and mind are battlegrounds where the relationship with God is firmly
established. Life reflects when the heart and mind are consciously given over to God.
When in the presence of holy men and women, it becomes known that they live fully
with God. His Holiness Patriarch Pavle and St. Nikolai Velimirovic are examples clearly
reflecting complete immersion in and love of God.
Every person with faculty of mind chooses the degree of commitment to the way of God.
The choice each person makes is a complete and free choice. No one can be deprived of
loving God. Each person is responsible for his or her choices.
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about repentance in the current Gospel. At baptism a
person’s life is dedicated to Christ. Each day is a movement toward the return of Christ
and the final judgment of the living and the dead.
Each day is a measurement of faithfulness to Christ. Believers establish a record
each day that will serve as a basis for the final judgment. Now is the time to repent.
Now is the time to ensure that this day and each day we choose to be closer to God.
Frivolous activities will not protect or save the soul. Being casual about our
relationship with God will not save the soul. Not loving the people we meet in daily
life will put us in peril at the final judgment.
Being a Christian is the most serious of undertakings. The joy and peace realized
in the Christian life are without equal. Christians are expected to live responsible
lives faithful to Christ.
The life in Christ is not bland. The life in Christ is action-filled. Daily combat
is involved in avoiding paths of evil and danger to the soul. Daily joy and peace are
experienced when faithfulness to Christ is achieved.
Today is given to us by God. Let us thank God for this day and live in ways that
truly show love and thanksgiving to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 9 / January 22, 2012
Sunday after Theophany
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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