"If you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is,
sitting at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1) (NKJV)
The continued celebration of Pascha
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The continued joy of Pascha
The Light of the Resurrected Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
April 22-23 - Went to Harrisburg for pastoral reasons.
Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church of Steelton
and to Hagia Sophia, Orthodox Coffee House in Harrisburg.
April 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
April 29 - Went to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
April 30 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg then to Diocese in Mars, Pennsylvania,
then to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio for pomen.
May 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown for funeral of
+Protopresbyter Stavrofor Janko Raljich.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Sunday of the Paralytic
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in
Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the
moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred
up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well
of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight
years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition
a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him,
“Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am
coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the
Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful
for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, “Take up your
bed and walk.” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, “Take up your bed and
walk?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a
multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him,
“See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man
departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.
These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, know that
it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own.
Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world
hates you. Remember the word I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’
If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep
yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do
not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin,
but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me, hates My Father also.
If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin;
but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the
word might be fulfilled which is written in their law., ‘They hated Me without a cause.’
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth
who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And You will also bear witness,
because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you,
that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes,
the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is clear in the present of Gospel of St. John.
Every person needs healed of spiritual sins and infirmities that limit personal mobility and
Sins weigh on a person’s conscience. Sins affect the judgments and actions of a person.
Sins can become an overwhelming emotional weight upon a person.
The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of forgiving those sins and providing healing.
Believers need to be open to healing by Christ. Believers need have hope and be motivated
to want forgiveness and spiritual health. The believer needs to reject the life in sin and
embrace the way of Christ.
Christ spoke about love for one another in the Gospel of St. John. Love of Christ needs
to be paramount in the lives of believers. Love of Christ results in drawing near to Christ
and being nourished more by Christ.
Believers separating themselves from Christ by the way they think and live will increase
in their sins and be less faithful to Christ. The way to increase faith in Christ is to
draw near in prayer and repent.
The Risen Christ is prominent in the minds of believers at the present time.
Individuals eager for healing will heed the lesson of Christ healing the paralytic.
Individuals eager for healing will draw near to Christ in faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that the paralytic was to put sin behind him.
The paralytic’s continued wellness was conditional upon him not using his new freedom
in detriment to his soul.
Jesus brings major changes to the lives of serious believers. Jesus changes individuals
physically, emotionally and spiritually. Serious believers in Christ experience and place
full confidence in Christ.
Christ showed by His actions He could triumph over death. Christ showed He could
triumph over paralysis. By His love, He triumphs over evil. Christ’s followers spread
His love by their obedience to His commandment.
Followers of Christ are expected to be different as Christ is different.
Followers of Christ are expected to adhere to the qualities Christ sets forth in His
life and teachings.
Loving others is a hallmark of obedient Christians. Rejecting sin and
constant repentance is a hallmark of obedient Christians. Seeking constant
nourishment from Christ is a hallmark of obedient Christians.
Jesus said : ”He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.”
Heeding these words of Christ deserves the pre-eminent place in believers’ lives.
Holy Communion provides the desired unity with Christ.
Through unity with Christ sin is combatted. Sin is defeated. Sin is overcome.
Only through Christ is lasting healing possible. Only through Christ is widespread
of love of others achievable.
Making the most of each day for the benefit of the soul is the desire of serious
believers. Believers must always be ready for departure from this life or the return
of Christ for the Final Judgment. The Risen Christ shows the way to the Kingdom.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 2 / May 15, 2011
St. George Day.
The Sunday of the Paralytic.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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