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
The people felt in Savaís person a true friend and shepherd of their very own.
They readily believed and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching.
ďThe people were fed by his words as by honey.Ē They loved his simplicity and his
sincerity. For he went among the plain people with simplicity as one of them and
yet with the unobtrusive superiority of an apostle. Moreover God confirmed him as
His own messenger by many miracles he wrought on the sick by prayers.
January 16 / January 29, 2012
Zacchaeus Sunday / Chains of St. Peter
The Life of St. Sava.
Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese for the United States and Canada, Libertyville,
Illinois, 1951, p. 83
The life of St. Sava
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continued impact of St. Sava.
The joy of learning from St. Sava.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
January 20 - Went to Hermitage, Pennsylvania.
January 21 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. Blessed the Monongahela River.
January 21 - Went to parish familyís Slava celebration.
January 22 - Blessed Monongahela River. Went to parish familyís Slava celebration.
January 23 - Went to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.
The integrity of the upright shall guide them:
but the perverseness of transgressors shall destroy them.
Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus
who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was,
but could not because of the crowd, for he was short of stature. So he ran ahead and
climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him for He was going to pass that way. And when
Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him and said to him, 'Zacchaeus,
make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house' So he made haste and came down,
and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained saying,
"He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.' Then Zacchaeus stood and
said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have
taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." And Jesus said to him,
"Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son
of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Zacchaeus was willing to put forth effort to draw near to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Zacchaeus was serious about putting his life in order. He ran and climbed a tree to
get a view of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was active.
Zacchaeus not only wanted to draw closer to Jesus, He wanted his life put in order
regarding individuals he defrauded. He restored fourfold that which he obtained improperly.
He was generous to the poor.
Zacchaeus set an example of sacrifice in his willingness to be near the Lord
Jesus Christ and in putting his life in order. Zacchaeus Sunday begins the movement
of the Church toward the arrival of Great Lent.
Believers are expected to seek transformation of their lives. With the arrival of
Zacchaeus Sunday, increased attentiveness to the condition of the soul is expected.
Increased commitment to the life in Christ is expected.
The personal battle against sin requires daily vigilance. The mind and heart must
be protected. Sin cannot be permitted to take firm root. The Gospel for Zacchaeus
Sunday reminds believers of the need for renewal.
Focusing on Christ is a year-round expectation. Believers need to be disciplined
not to stray from the path to the Kindgom of God. Every moment of our lives is to be
devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The arrival of Zacchaeus Sunday sets in motion the intended process of renewal. Christ
is the basis for renewal. Christ is the nourishment, the way and foundation for renewal.
The way of sin is firmly and officially rejected at Holy Baptism. The life in Christ
is firmly and fully embraced at Holy Baptism. Believers often become less disciplined
and less firmly focused on Christ after Baptism.
Great Lent provides a formal structure for increased commitment to Christ and renewal
in Christ. Great Lent provides formal structure for battling and rejecting the way of sin.
The periods in the Church devoted to the Nativity of Christ and Theophany are concluded.
Zacchaeus Sunday delivers the message to begin preparing for Great Lent, Holy Week and the
Feast of Feasts, Pascha.
Believers are expected to work on themselves in the renewal process.
Christ washes away sins. Christ forgives sins. Christ brings new life.
Believers are to increase in activity for the benefit of the soul.
Being a Christian carries the great and full responsibility to actively live in
accord with Christís teaching and expectations. Christ drew near to Zacchaeus and
Zacchaeus also took initiative to draw near to Christ.
Christ visited Zacchaeusís house and Zacchaeus had taken initiative to put his
personal life in order. The period between Zacchaeus Sunday and the arrival of
Pascha summons believers to repent and live fully in Christ.
Christ welcomes sinners choosing to repent. Christ is ever-present for sinners
willing to repent. Christ did not avoid Zacchaeus because he had previously sinned.
Christ drew near to Zacchaeus who wanted to do better.
Believers can be certain only of the immediate moment in the time of life.
Believers have no guarantee of life beyond the immediate moment in which they are living.
Now is the time to repent of sins. Now is the time to draw near to Christ.
Now is the time to realize the nearness of Christ and the value of living fully in Christ.
Zacchaeus had salvation come to his house because he desired salvation and was
willing to do what was necessary to seek salvation. Jesus perceived that Zacchaeus
wanted his life changed for the better.
Jesus realized Zacchaeus was taking the necessary steps to begin life anew in a
more honorable way. Believers can take steps today toward the Kingdom of God.
Believers can begin rejecting sinful thoughts and sinful actions at this moment.
Believers can appeal to Christ in prayer for the strength to live in ways pleasing to Christ.
Godís Holy Church provides nourishment, refuge and protection for individuals seeking
new life in Christ. Godís Holy Church provides structure for the learning process.
Believers need not feel alone in a life of sin and in the struggle to escape from sin.
Believers need not feel powerless in battling tendencies to sin. Christ provides the
strength and is immediately present to help.
The joy of Baptism can be recaptured at this time. The joy of Baptism can be
experienced anew. The life in Christ is for everyday of life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 16 / January 29, 2012
Zacchaeus Sunday / Chains of St. Peter
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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