Our Lord Jesus Christ built His Church, so that the race of man could be saved through it.
He sent His Comforter, the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father, to sanctify the Church
of Christ and fill it with charismatic gifts. Even our Serbian people, in their Christian
tradition, having accepted Christianity, became the people of Christ, so that later they
might accept and merge their political and national heritage. This merger has not lead
the Serbian people astray, but instead has provided them with a specific quality and
tone in their spiritual lives.
Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church, South Bend, Indiana, 1986
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The commitment to Christ of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The continued impact of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The benefits we receive from the Holy Apostle Peter and Paul.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 5 - Went to meeting of Carmichael’s Ministerium.
July 6 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
July 7 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
July 8 - Visited parishioner in hospital in Morgantown, W.Va.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 4:2
When virtue is present, people imitate it, and when it goes away, they long for it.
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold,
they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith,
He said to the paralytic, ‘Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”
And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, ‘This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?
For which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say,
“Arise and walk’? “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on
earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, ‘Arise, take up your bed,
and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the
multitudes saw it, they marveled and glorified God, who had given such power to men.
The Lord Jesus Christ has power to forgive sins. The Lord Jesus Christ has power to heal
physical infirmities and diseases. The Lord Jesus Christ has many more powers known and unknown.
Life is derived from God and daily human life continues due to the blessings and grace of God.
The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ should not be surprising as it has been demonstrated
through the centuries.
Believers pray to the Lord Jesus Christ regularly and receive healing. The forgiveness
of sins experienced in Holy Confession has a healing effect upon believers coming to Holy
Confession in faith.
The current Gospel is a lesson in strong faith. The Lord Jesus Christ recognized the
faith involved in the bringing of the paralytic to Him. Faith has a defining influence on
a person’s life.
We read in the Epistle to the Hebrews: “Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
The present Gospel is a message of hope for individuals weighed down with sin and physical
The healing of the paralytic is a source of hope for believers desiring healing by the
Lord Jesus Christ. Christ offers mobility and freedom when He heals individuals paralyzed
physically or constrained by sin.
Believers do well to assess the current degree of personal faith. Believers do well to
nourish the soul and pray for increased faith. Faith increases with regularity and fervency
of prayer. Prayer increases with attentive church attendance.
Christians have a responsibility to be active believers. Growth will not occur in a
Christian after Holy Baptism if the believer does not take an active interest in the Lord
As a believer progresses in age and the mind and body develop, the believer is expected
to mature as a Christian. The believer’s faith and interest in God is expected to increase.
The priest prays for the Christian growth of believers during the Divine Liturgy.
During the Divine Liturgy, the priest prays: “Grant also to those who pray with us, O God,
growth in life and faith and spiritual understanding.” 1
Believers need to have healthy prayerful actions accompanying the prayers of the priest.
Just as believers feed their bodies to remain healthy, the soul needs nourished regularly
to keep the person united with Christ.
Regularly preparing for Holy Confession is a way to keep the conscience from being
burdened with sins. Sins can weigh on a person’s mind and create anxiety, stress and fear.
Sins can lead to physical ailments.
The present Gospel message addresses the physical condition of the paralytic.
The present Gospel addresses the spiritual condition of the paralytic.
The Lord Jesus Christ took on human flesh. The Jesus Christ remained Divine.
Each person is more than the physical body. The soul carries more value than the whole world.
Jesus said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the world and loses his own soul?”
The physical body receives extraordinary attention in modern society. Media advertisements
emphasize clothing and bodily appearance. Attention to the soul deserves the constant attention
of the believer.
Certainly care of the body is important. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians:
“Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God.”
(I Cor. 6:19)
Every day believers benefit from assessing whether their lives are in conformity with
the way of the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers do well to critically examine their personal
use of time, resources and goals.
Leading a healthy Christian life involves being attentive to God each day. Thoughts,
actions and the use of personal resources need to correspond to ways set forth in the Holy Gospel.
The believer sets out on the journey to the Kingdom of God at Holy Baptism. Throughout
life the believer needs to assess whether the road being travelled leads to the Kingdom of God.
Repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion keep the person united with Christ and
directed toward the Kingdom of God. Holy Confession and Holy Communion positively affect
not only the soul but also the body.
Living the Christian life is the best use of the time of life in the present and is
the soundest investment for the future. Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life,
and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The Divine Liturgy According to St. John Chrysostom.
Editor Rev. Fr. Svetozar Veslinovich, Protonamesnik. Masontown, Pennsylvania 1994, P.74
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 2 / July 15, 2012
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Deposition of the Robe of the Theotokos.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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