Do not care only about keeping the bodies of your children safe, for even foxes do the
same for their foxlings. But care about God in your children. Once God is cared for He will
take care of all the rest. And what you have been accumulating for your children so strenuously,
He will effortlessly gather for them quickly and easily.
Prayers by the Lake.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Todor Mika, S.T.M. and Very Rev. Dr.Stevan Scott.
The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Illinois, 1999, p. 189
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The innocent joy of children.
The love of God for children.
The benefits of adults to becoming as little children in purity of heart and mind.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 11 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
July 12 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
July 13 - Went to Shadeland Camp.
July 14-21 - Participated in Shadeland Camp.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 5:1
When virtue is present, people imitate it, and when it goes away, they long for it.
Then the righteous man will stand with great confidence in the presence of those who
have afflicted him, and those who make light of his labors.
Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying,
"Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men
came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to
your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them,
saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news
about Him in all that country. As they went out, behold they brought to Him a man,
mute and demon-possessed. And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the
multitudes marveled, saying, "It was never seen like this in Israel!" But the Pharisees said,
"He casts out demons by the ruler of the demons." Then Jesus went about all the cities
and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
The present Gospel demonstrates the Lord Jesus Christ can give sight to the
blind and voice to the silent. Faith has a major part in the life of each believer.
The present Gospel makes clear the value of faith.
The Lord Jesus Christ enables believers to see and observe their surroundings.
When the world is viewed with the understanding that sight comes for God,
the understanding of the world is much different.
God is due appreciation each day. Hope rests in the known healing power of God.
The present Gospel and other Gospel readings make it clear that healings take place.
The world would be a much gloomier place if Jesus did not continue to heal.
Healing create feeling of joy. Consider the joy the two men experienced in the
present Gospel when they received their sight. Consider the joy the mute man
experienced when he began to speak.
Individuals blessed with the gift of sight have reason to give thanks to God continuously.
Individuals blessed with the gift of speech should take great care to always utter praise to God.
God is due appreciation for all bodily senses. God is due appreciation for each day of life.
God is due appreciation for the gift of thought and for presence of mind. Too often life is
taken for granted. Too often, God is forgotten.
Godís holy churches should be full every day. Every person has countless reasons to give
thanks to God. Healings did not end at the time when the blind men and the mute man in the
present Gospel were healed. Healings continue.
The greatness and majesty of God are too often forgotten and overlooked.
The healing powers of God do not receive deserved attention.
The love of God manifested in healings deserves always to be considered.
Believers do well to think carefully about the purpose of life given by God.
Believers do well to think carefully about the use of life given by God.
Appreciation to God has a place in every day of life.
Divine healings are a basis for great inspiration and thought.
Thinking about healings by Christ is a sound investment.
Healings change more lives than simply the lives of individuals healed.
Witnesses to healings are affected. Family members, friends and other individuals
aware that healings have taken place are also affected. The world changes when a person
The healings mentioned in the present Gospel have impacted generations blessed to
have heard the Gospel. Christís healings awaken thoughts in individuals blessed to hear
Christís healings stimulate hope not only for physical healings but for healings
of the heart and the soul. Christís healings broaden the world view of believers.
Christís healings affect individuals paralyzed by inaction.
Faith causes a person to draw near to Christ. Faith causes a person to place
confidence in Christ. Faith affects the whole person and is recognized by Christ.
Faith sets in motion multiple actions with far reaching effects.
Family members and friends having feelings of joy for individuals healed certainly are
appropriate. Healed individuals giving more of their lives to God certainly are appropriate.
Healings are of immeasurable value. No price or value can be placed on being able to see.
No price or value can be placed on being able to speak. When a person is healed by Christ,
the person becomes new in Christ.
A person healed by Christ has the responsibility to determine the best way to respond
to the healing. Problems occur in life. A person may be emotionally and mentally blinded
by the problems. Christ can help the person see the solutions.
A person may be paralyzed in fear by certain circumstances in life. A person may fear
speaking about personal hardships. Christ can give the person voice and courage to speak.
Christ can remove barriers created by fear.
A person healed by Christ has a different view of Christ. A person healed by Christ
has a different vision of life. A person healed by Christ is empowered by Christ in a
new and different way.
Healings serve as a basis for searching the soul to ensure the soul is not tarnished
by inappropriate actions. Healings serve as motivation for using the remaining days of
life in ways pleasing to God.
A careful review of daily life will reveal that Christ heals believers continuously
throughout the day. Christ gives voice and sight to believers throughout the day.
The present Gospel empowers believers to have an improved view of Christ.
The present Gospel is a basis for speaking with great enthusiasm about Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 9 / July 22, 2012
New Martyrs of Glamoch and Kulen-Vakuf.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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