Vigilance is demanded of you---and vigilance is alertness, keeping watch with expectation.
Vigilance over yourself, over your thoughts, desires, and deeds---this is the strict ordinance
of your faith. Alertness sharpens spiritual vision, so that it can see and discern good and evil,
and can know who is coming into your heart and thoughts. By keeping watch, one repulses an
enemy and admits a friend. Expectation fortifies love and a clean conscience. To whom does
this greatest expectation pertain? To the Beloved, to the Most Beloved, to the One whose
love brought you into this world, and whose love will greet you in the other world.
The Faith of Chosen People
Translated by Fr.Theodore Mika and Fr. Steven Scott.
The Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the United States and Canada,
Grayslake, Illinois, 1988, p. 57.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.
The humility shown by Christ when entering Jerusalem.
The reception Christ received when entering Jerusalem.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March 29 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit a patient.
March 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 31 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
April 2 & 3 - Went to Uniontown Hospital to visit a patient
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous, but dismay to evil doers.
The Feast of Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem
Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been
dead, whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served,
but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of
very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair.
And the house was filled with the fragrance of oil. But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot,
Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three
hundred denari and given to the poor?” This he said, not that he cared for the poor,
but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor
you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.” Now a great many of the Jews
knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only but that they might also
see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put
Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed
in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they had heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him,
and cried out: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! The King of
Israel!” Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
“Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified,
then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done
these things to Him. Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus
out of his tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness. For this reason the people
also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
The present Gospel speaks about Mary anointing Jesus’ feet with oil and wiping His
feet with her hair. Mary’s expression of love and kindness towards Jesus was obvious.
How many current believers show deliberate love and kindness to the Lord Jesus Christ?
How many current believers clearly express daily appreciation and thanksgiving to the
Lord Jesus Christ?
Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha was raised from the dead by the Lord Jesus Christ.
The present Gospel reflects great interest in part because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
The raising of Lazarus from the dead is demonstration of Jesus’ power to grant life even
to the dead. Individuals overcome with lives of sin have reason to hope in Christ to experience
life through Him.
Sinners need not despair and continue in a downward spiral with their lives. Repentance
and turning to Christ will bring the downward spiral to an end. The love and renewal in
Christ is experienced through repentance.
The Lord Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem and was hailed as the King of Israel.
Jesus chose to enter Jerusalem on the colt of a donkey. He demonstrated His humility
in this momentous entrance.
How many believers receive Christ warmly and with great welcome into their hearts?
How many believers having daily received the blessings of life treat Christ as King and God?
How often during the course of the day do thoughts of gratefulness to Christ cross the
minds of believers? How often during the course of the day do our minds dwell on frivolous
matters having nothing to do with God?
Greed, immorality and excess abuse of power daily fill the news headlines.
The Lord Jesus Christ is all powerful but showed the greatest humility.
The Lord Jesus Christ washed the feet of His disciples as a lasting lesson for His
followers. Jesus said: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also
ought to wash one another’s feet.”
Believers do well to consider the humility of Christ and the example of Christ as servant.
Believers do well to measure their own personal attitudes about being humble servants of Christ.
Arrogance and pride have no place in the Christian life. Skills and achievements are
gifts from God deserving of gratitude towards God. Personal strength is to be used for
living in ways pleasing to God.
St. John Climacus wrote: “By this shall all men know that we are God’s disciples,
not because the devils are subject to us, but because our names are written in the
Heaven of humility.” 1
Holy Week has arrived. The way we live during Holy Week will reveal the extent we
love Christ and live the life in Christ. God gives us twenty four hours each day.
How many hours of each day do we give thought and gratitude towards God?
How many moments each day do we devote to prayer to God?
Prayer need not be elaborate. The Psalms provide every believer with a ready source
of prayer. The Lord’s Prayer can always be in the mind. The Jesus Prayer can always be
in the heart and on the lips of the believer.
Today and throughout Holy Week believers have the opportunity to honor and welcome
the Lord Jesus Christ into their hearts, minds and homes. Jesus can be welcomed in our
lives and reaffirmed as our King and as God.
Saint John Climacus. The Ladder of Divine Ascent
Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, Massachusetts, 2001, p. 157.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 26 / April 8, 2012
Feast of Christ’s Entry in Jerusalem.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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