Prayer in the spirit of penitence and humbliness bears the fruit of goodness and
godlikeness which leads to unity of the best inner quality of all men, while false
pride leads to the separation from God and other people, into emptiness that can
hardly be called life. Yet He wants all men to have and enjoy the full and abundant life.
On Our Faith.
1990, p. 53
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The enduring lesson of God’s unlimited love.
Being appreciative of God’s love.
Loving others as God loves each of us.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
February 3 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. twice for printing purposes.
February 4 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for pastoral reasons.
February 9 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
February 10 - Blessed one house.
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son
Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father,
‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his
livelihood. And not many days after, the young son gathered all together, journeyed
to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he
had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.
Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into
his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods
that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said,
‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish
with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son.
Make me like one of your hired servants”’ And he arose and came to his father. But
when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran
and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned
against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him,
and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here
and kill it, let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again;
he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the
field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he
called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him,
‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father
has killed the fatted calf.’ But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his
father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo,
these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at
any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my
friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood
with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you
are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make
merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’
Feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives
light to all who are in the house. Let you light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to
destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For
assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will
by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
The Gospel of the Sunday of the Prodigal Son draws attention to the welcoming and
steadfast love of God. Individuals feeling distant from God and seeking to draw closer
find reassuring hope in the present Gospel.
The welcoming father demonstrated to the returning son that his love was steadfast.
The father’s love for the son exceeded the magnitude of the son’s senseless behavior.
Loving mothers and fathers make a difference in the lives of their sons and daughters.
The Holy Apostle Paul said: “Love never fails.”
(I Cor. 13:8)
Steadfast parental love for sons and daughters is always well placed.
The returning son experienced the steadfast love of his father. The older son was
given an excellent lesson on fatherly love. Sinners turning to God learn of the steadfast
love of God and experience forgiveness and joy.
Serious sinners whose lives have changed dramatically because of their repentance are
convincing examples the value of turning to God. God makes a decided difference in the
lives of individuals drawing near to Him.
Every person is a sinner. Every person is more distant from God than is necessary.
The present Gospel is an example for believers to repent of sinful ways and to draw
closer to God.
The Feast of the Three Hierarchs celebrated today points to three lasting examples
of individuals fully living in Christ. The Church continues to teach lessons from these
three saints and holds them as inspiring examples.
St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom fully
committed to the Godly-life. Each person living today does well to determine if his
or her personal commitment to God is complete.
Each person has only the immediate moment in which he or she is living to live in
Christ to the fullest. Future moments of life are not guaranteed. Past moments of life
cannot be relived.
Committing to Christ at each moment of life protects the soul. Committing to Christ
each moment of life brings fullness to life. Serious efforts to draw near to Christ are
Believers today do not need to live in fear or be overcome by anxiety due to personal
situations in life. Returning to God-pleasing ways is the sure path to peace of mind,
heart and soul.
The father showed his joy over the return of his wayward son by having a celebration.
Christ holds a banquet at each Divine Liturgy for individuals returning from wayward
lives and seeking to experience God’s Kingdom.
Fullness of life is found in God. The path of certainty in life is through the narrow
gate to the Kingdom of God.
St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian and St. John Chrysostom still point the way.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 30 / February 12, 2012
The Sunday of the Prodigal Son. Holy Three Hierarchs.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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