Each time we mess up God reworks a new route for us to always reach the same destination
or end goal if we still stay in the Church. We may veer millions of times, but God keeps
recalculating the route, using more wisdom and precision than what He pours into keeping
the planets on their perfect circuits in the heavens, in order that we, humans, reach our
final destination, in a round-about way, of joining Him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
From a recent sermon at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Duluth, Minnesota.
The forthcoming Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Each Tuesday through the year dedicated to St. John the Baptist.
The unique experiences of St. John the Baptist in the life of Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 22 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
June 23 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
June 23 - Attended a family celebration for a parishioner.
June 27 - Wemt to Fairmont, West Virginia to meet with a family interest in the Church.
June 28 - Met with two men interested in the Church.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 2:23
For God created man for immortality and made him an image of His own eternity.
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying,
"Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented." And Jesus said to him,
"I will come and heal him." The centurion answered and said, "Lord, I am not worthy that
You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.
For I am also a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one,
'Go,' and He goes; and to another, 'Come,' and he comes; and to my servant, 'Do this,'
and he does it." When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed,
'Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel.
And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into
outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' Then Jesus said to the
centurion, "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done to you."
And his servant was healed in that same hour.
The goodness and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ cannot be fully comprehended.
The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is beyond complete comprehension.
The love of the Lord Jesus Christ is immeasurable.
The current Gospel reading describes the healing of the centurionís servant.
The servant was paralyzed and tormented. Believers will be paralyzed and tormented
by sin from time to time.
Sin has a devastating effect upon an individual. Sin plays havoc with the mind
and the heart. Sin causes bodily reactions. The Lord Jesus Christ has the ability
to change the personal circumstances of the afflicted.
The Lord Jesus Christ has the ability to bring peace to the tormented person.
Christ can heal broken and despairing hearts. Christ can set minds at ease.
Christís love can repair relationships. Christís forgiveness can bring healing.
The centurion in the present Gospel was a man of great faith. The centurionís
great faith made an important difference in the life of his servant. The Lord
Jesus Christ recognized and acknowledged the faith of the centurion.
Jesus equated the faith of the centurion with the healing taking place.
Jesus said to the centurion: ĒAs you have believed, so let it be done to you.Ē
The faith a person has affects the life he or she leads.
The faith a person has affects the lives of other family members and friends.
When the disciples questioned Jesus why they could not cure a child suffering from a demon,
Jesus told them it was because of their unbelief.
The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of prayer and fasting in curing
the child with the demon.
Believers will want to pray for beloved family members and friends.
The degree of the believerís personal faith helps in prayers being undertaken
and helps in coming to understand afflictions suffered by family members and friends.
Faith is nourished and strengthened through focusing on the Holy Gospel
and reading the Holy Gospel. Reading the Akathist to the Lord Jesus Christ
and reciting the Jesus Prayer as often as possible nourishes a personí s faith.
Too often individual neglect steps to strengthen their personal faith.
Believers are expected to be responsible Christians. Believers are expected
to take consistent steps to nourish the soul.
Being a Christian entails being attentive to the condition of the soul.
In the current Gospel, the centurion was attentive about his servant.
The centurion was strong in faith. The centurion drew near to Christ in seeking help.
The Lord Jesus Christ is not to be treated as the local fire department to be
called upon only in emergencies. The Lord Jesus Christ deserves primary attention
every day, throughout the day.
Believers remain strong spiritually to the extent Christ is the focus of their lives.
When Christ is the center of the believerís life, all else in life is put in proper perspective.
When Christ is the center of a personís life, relationships exist and material
goods are viewed as Christ would have them viewed. Carefully considering the Cross
and Resurrection of Christ clarifies believers perspectives.
When husbands relate to their wives, when wives relate to their husbands,
when husbands and wives relate with their sons and daughters, Christ needs to
govern what is taking place.
Many demands are made on a believerís time. Christ needs to be given a good
portion of a believerís time and attention. Only but focusing on Christ with
regularity is faith developed and applied in daily living.
The centurionís servant became a new person when healed of his condition.
He experienced the mercy and love of Christ. He would have reason to be abundantly
grateful to Christ.
When Christ frees believers from the paralysis of sin through holy Confession,
believers need to give thanks and live in ways showing appreciation to Christ.
Jesus said of the woman who anointed His feet with fragrant oil, ďher sins which are many,
are forgiven, for she loved much.Ē(Lk.7:36-49) Forgiveness of sins has great healing power.
Great faith has a part in seriously approaching Holy Confession and drawing near to
Christ seeking forgiveness of sins. Freedom and healing result from Christís forgiveness.
Believers do well to give serious consideration to the great faith of the centurion.
The centurionís great faith is an example for believers to emulate.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 18 / July 1, 2012
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Martyrs Leontius, Hypatius and Theodoulos.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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