The Serbian Kosovo is a totally different matter. As the dead are dressed in new and
expensive clothes, so was the Serbian army dressed in its best robes. The shiny and glowing
procession hurried from all the borders of the empire into the focus of honour and fame,
to the field of Kosovo. Shaded with cross-shaped banners and icons of their family saints
(slava), singing and cheering, singing and playing musical instruments, with song and joy,
the army rushed towards its---place of execution. Does not that remind us of the first
groups of Christians who in such a mood went under the sword or to the fire of before beasts?
Not a single Christian martyr is known to have prayed to God to save him from his approaching
death, while thousands and thousands are known to have prayed not to be spared from a martyrs
Hadzi Dragan Antic, Beograd 1989, pp. 55-56
The lasting lessons of the Martyrs of Kosovo.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The current issues lingering from the Battle of Kosovo.
Continuing to honor and learn from the Martyrs of Kosovo.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 12,13,14 - Observed Daily Vacation Bible School-Holy Trinity Orthodox Church,
State College, Pa.
June 15 - Attended Shadeland meeting-Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 15-16 - Went to Lackawanna, New York for Orthodox Christian Education Commission Meeting.
June 18 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pennsylvania.
June 18 - Visited patient at Washington Hospital.
Wisdom of Solomon
For wisdom will not enter the soul that plots evil, nor will it dwell in a body involved in sin.
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore you eye is good, your whole body
will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of
darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that
darkness. No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love
the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve God and mammon. Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what
you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on.
Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing. Look at the birds of
the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying
can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider
the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil or spin; and yet I
say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’
or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your
heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom
of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
The current Gospel reading establishes the main priority and goal of life.
The Lord Jesus Christ said to seek first the kingdom of God. Too often individuals
choose primary goals that have nothing to do with the kingdom of God.
The condition of present day society makes it clear that the kingdom of God is
far from the minds of far too many people. Sodom and Gomorrah often come to mind
often when the daily news is now being broadcast.
The present Gospel message offers peace of mind for individuals choosing to seek
first the kingdom of God. The present Gospel offers a recipe for individuals worried
about the current state of the economy and financial hardship.
The Lord Jesus Christ said if a person seeks first the kingdom of God, material
needs will be met. The Lord Jesus Christ points to vivid examples in nature to
illustrate the immeasurable love and care of God.
God gave individuals minds to use. Wise individuals use their minds to learn more
about God and to follow the way of God. Wisdom is found in the Holy Scriptures.
The ways of God become clearer by studying the Holy Scriptures.
Each Gospel reading during the Divine Liturgy sets forth lessons to guide and
govern the lives of believers. Believers taking the Gospel to heart will bring their
lives more into conformity with the teachings of Christ.
The Church is in the midst of the Apostles Fast. This is a time for increased
daily emphasis on the place of God in our lives. This is a time to think more about
the Holy Apostles’ commitment to Christ.
The believer is completely dedicated to Christ at Holy Baptism. The Baptismal
commitment to Christ requires renewal throughout life. Repentance, Confession and
Communion are essential to the renewal process.
The soul deserves primary attention of the believer. The kingdom of God
deserves primary attention of the believer. When a person departs this life,
material goods are of no avail.
When Christ returns to judge the living and the dead, a person’s motivation
and chosen goals will come under scrutiny. A person’s relationships and contents
of heart and mind will come under scrutiny.
The experiences of the five wise and five foolish virgins need to be in the
forefront of the minds of believers of every age. A person does not know when
Christ will come for the final judgment.
A person does not know when he or she will take the last breath. Choosing goals
wisely is the best course a person can take. Seeking Christ and following Christ is
the best choice a person can make.
The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that only a small percentage of people chose
the way of life. More often individuals choose the broad path to destruction.
Introspection and self-examination are important in the Christian life.
Believers need to focus on their sins and the need for repentance. Believers need
to honor the fasts and be faithful in prayer to be vigilant in the Christian life.
The way to the kingdom of God involves effort on the part of the believer.
Fervent faith and action are necessary to avoid the temptations and pitfalls
that lead to destruction of the soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ referenced the use of force when He said:
“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence;
and the violent take it by force.”
The Apostles Fast is a time for believers to assess their goals in life and their
commitment to Christ established at Holy Baptism. This is a time to repent for sins
committed and for departures from the path to the Kingdom of God.
Today and each day is the time to draw away for the paths to destruction and
return to the narrow path to the kingdom of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is ever
present to hear prayers for mercy and forgiveness.
The Lord Jesus Christ is every ready to welcome sinners choosing to repent.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner
who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 11 / June 24, 2012
The Third Sunday after Pentecost
Holy Apostles Bartholomew and Barnabas.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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