Unity in Christ and in the Church also brings in and of itself moral unity.
When Christ dwells in our hearts by faith(Eph.3:17), then love for Him,
for the Church and for one’s neighbor also abides. This meaning that the
beginning of perfection is faith, and its end is love.
(Col. 3:14; I Cor. 13:1-13; Rom. 13:8).
The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church.
Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac 2001, p. 68.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The veneration of St. Panteleimon.
Miracles attributed to St. Panteleimon.
Prayers offered to St. Panteliemon
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
July 27 - Attended viewing for +Joseph Salopek.
July 27-28 - Went to Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio for monastery Slava.
July 31 - Visited patient at Ruby Memorial Hospita, Morgantown, W.Va.
August 2 - Went to parishioner’s family home for Slava celebration / home blessing.
Wisdom is Solomon 7:28
For God loves nothing so much as the man who lives with wisdom…
The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other
side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away,
He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone
there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the
wind was contrary. Now in the middle of the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to
them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they
were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. Abut
immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying: “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid.”
And Peter answer Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the
water.” So, He said, “Come,” and when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked
on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was
afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately
Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith,
why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Then those who
were in the boat came and worshipped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret.
The present Gospel points to the importance of prayer. The Lord Jesus Christ took
time to go to the mountain by Himself to pray. The Lord Jesus Christ set an example
for believers to follow.
Taking time to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and pray is important. Prayer enables
life to be put in perspective. Prayer is a time to listen to God to determine the proper
direction life is to take.
Prayer is a way to become united with Christ and to follow Christ. Prayer is a means
to focus on the life in Christ and to cling to Christ. Prayer is a way to center the self
in Christ and seek to expel thoughts foreign to Christ.
The current Gospel emphasizes the importance of faith. Faith enables believers to
draw near to Christ in tumultuous times. Christ provided security for the Holy Apostle
Peter when doubt caused Peter to begin to sink.
Christ provides security for believers reaching out to Him when the waves of life
increase in intensity. Christ provides hope when clouds arise on the horizon of life.
Christ provides light when darkness begins to cloud the vision for life.
Christ satisfies the hunger of the soul. Christ fulfills actions based in faith and hope.
Christ gives direction in times when certainty is needed. Restlessness is resolved when
believers turn to Christ in prayer and in faith.
The present Gospel is read each year because of the timeless lessons the Gospel reveals.
New learning occurs with each reading of the Gospel. Believers are different each time they
hear the Gospel.
Attentiveness to the Gospel enriches the listener. Listeners change with careful listening
to the Holy Gospel. The total person is impacted when the Gospel is taken to heart.
The mind and the heart work together when the Holy Gospel is appreciated. The attentive
believer is strengthened by the Holy Gospel. Listeners to the Gospel change and become different.
The Holy Apostle Peter became different after Christ stretched forth His hand and saved him.
Jesus’ actions led to Jesus being recognized as the Son of God. Current believers do well to
think carefully about Christ, the Son of God.
Current believers do well to think of the many times Jesus saved them from calamity and
danger. Current believers do well to give thanks to God for saving actions leading to a new
and extended life.
Christ’s saving actions become moments of joy. Christ is eternal joy for those centering
their lives in Him. An individual greatly appreciating Christ can never get enough of Christ.
A person will never know all there is to learn about Christ. A person will never exhaust
the ability to live in Christ and to grow in Christ. Every moment of life can be devoted to
Christ and benefits will continue to accrue.
The present Gospel shows that a person will begin to sink when faith in Christ weakens.
This is a lesson to be learned by all believers. Vigilance in faith is necessary to prevent
devastation to the soul.
Jesus told the disciples to be of good cheer when He approached them. Christ is
to be cheerfully welcomed into our lives at every moment of life. When Christ is first
and foremost in life, life takes shape pleasing to God.
Christ enables believers to overcome temptations and situations perilous to the soul.
Vigilance is always necessary to avoid laxity of care and the dangers of pride.
The present Gospel speaks about the water of the sea. Believers take on the Christian
identity in the baptismal waters. Believers are renewed each year at Theophany with the
blessing of water.
Water has life-giving qualities when approached from the Christian perspective.
Individuals lacking in faith and living consciously in sin can drown in perilous waters.
Christ provides the firmness necessary for building a solid and secure life.
Christ provides the foundation, the goal and the nourishment for life everlasting.
Listening and learning from the present Gospel enables Christian growth.
Stagnation and laxity are perilous for the Christian. Regular prayer keeps the
person united with Christ and open to learning. The Holy Gospel is a source of constant
learning for Christian renewal.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
July 23 / August 5, 2012
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Martyrs Trophimus and Theophilus
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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