So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt,
you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain,
‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”
How well will the Divine Liturgy succeed in changing our spiritual life?
I heard a saying of Christ’s followers: God accepts me the way that I am. No!
God can only accept me as a repentant sinner and a justified man; that is,
God receives me if I change and live according to His holy will. Otherwise,
I am not His and He will not accept me.
Vol 50. No. 5. St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Midland, Pennsylvania, Nov. Dec. 1990.
The Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The lives changed due to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
The joy of Christ alive in St. Peter and St. Paul
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
June 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 3 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
July 5 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 3:1
But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torture will ever touch them.
The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him
two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one
could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, "What have we to do with You,
Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" Now a good way
off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying,
"If you cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine." And He said to them,
"Go." So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole
herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.
Then those who kept them fled; and they went away into the city and told everything,
including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. And behold, the whole city came
out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they begged Him to depart from their region.
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.
The present Gospel reveals the Lord Jesus Christ is capable of clearing paths that
heretofore were blocked by demons. The Lord Jesus Christ provides safe passage through
dangerous demon-possessed terrain.
The path to the Kingdom of God leads through territory where demons are encountered.
Faith and steadfastness in Christ are necessary. The Lord Jesus Christ said
“Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”
The Lord Jesus Christ is always triumphant over demons. The present Gospel is a
source of strength for believers seeking the Kingdom of God. The present Gospel
provides reassurance that peace is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ removed the demons that were blocking the road. Christ opens pathways
for believers placing their full trust in Him. Faith placed in the Lord Jesus Christ
is always most well-placed faith.
The present Gospel is read each year. The lessons from this Gospel have enduring value.
During the course of life, believers will encounter pathways that appear not-passable.
Jesus opens the way to the Kingdom.
Demons that arise during life will test a person’s faith. Steadfastness in Christ
brings lasting peace and triumph over demons. Alcoholics and drug addicts are capable
of moving beyond their demon-blocked lives through faith in Christ.
Individuals in difficult and demon-fraught relationships will make forward progress
toward the Kingdom of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals overcome
by anxiety will find security and confidence in Christ.
The life in Christ provides authentic nourishment for everlasting life.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has
eternal life and I will raise him up at the last day.
Christ provides armor against the devil. The Lord Jesus Christ told the Ephesians:
“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Traveling the road to the Kingdom of God requires daily care and vigilance.
Perils lurk. Individuals become lax in daily prayer and church attendance.
Evil gains a foothold in a believer’s life when the heart and mind are not guarded.
The road to the Kingdom of God is open each day. Temptations and roads leading
to destruction deceive inattentive believers. Excesses in food, drink and unhealthy
activities lead believers astray from the way to the Kingdom.
The fullness of life is found in Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ speaks of being
the door and good shepherd. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I have come that they may
have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
When demons are encountered in life, exercising patience and trusting in God is
always advisable. Wise individuals heed and take to heart the words written in the
book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah.
We read the words in the book of the Holy Prophet Isaiah:” From of old we have not
heard, nor have our eyes seen any God but You, and Your works which You shall do for
those who wait for Your mercy.”
Patience is not common in the modern world. Modern society is filled with references
to speed and immediacy of results. Patience has a prominent place in the Christian life.
Holy Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy and told him to: “pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love, patience and gentleness.”
(I Tim. 6:11)
Christians benefit by heeding the words of Scripture in facing the demons arising in life.
The Lord Jesus Christ does not disappoint His followers. The Lord did not let the
demons in the present Gospel block the road forever. Jesus destroyed the demons and
enabled freedom of movement.
Believers seeking the Kingdom of God will abide by the words of Christ and the
Holy Apostles. Believers seeking the Kingdom of God will find nourishment in the
Holy Gospel and great relevancy in the Holy Prophets.
Contemporary life poses daily challenges. Heeding the words of Christ and the
Holy Apostles, the Holy Prophets and the saints, gives believers the readiness and
the strength to meet challenges that arise.
The Church provides nourishment each day for believers to live healthy lives.
The Church provides structure for each day to ensure wise use of time. The Church
provides places of worship for believers to gather.
The current Gospel is proclaimed in the Church. The current Gospel is intended
to impact the lives of believing listeners. Gratefulness to God is always appropriate
for the proclamation of the Holy Gospel nourishing our souls.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
June 25 / July 8, 2012
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
Venerable Martyr Febronia.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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