Since in the holy mystery of Communion the communicant receives the very all-holy Body
and most glorious Blood of the Lord Christ, it is absolutely necessary that the communicant
prepare for this holy mystery. Preparation is accomplished by fasting and prayer,
for fasting and prayer purify the soul from every sin and impurity. Along with this
a person must examine himself and cleanse his conscience of sin by repentance.
The Eucharist as Sacrifice.
Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 1993, p 141.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God.
The enduring value of the Dormition Fast.
The importance of honoring the Dormition Fast.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 18 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
August 20 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 15:1
But thou, our God, art kind and true, patient, and ruling all things in mercy.
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I
may have eternal life? So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good?” No one is good but One,
that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” He said to Him,
“Which ones?” Jesus said, “You shall not murder” “You shall not commit adultery,”
“You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “Honor your father and your
mother,” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man said to Him,
“All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him,
“If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will
have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard that saying,
he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to His disciples,
“Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than
for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were
greatly astonished, saying “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said
to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
The Lord Jesus Christ said with God all things are possible. The things possible with
God are those which are pleasing to God. In the current Gospel, Jesus made clear that while
it is difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven, it is still is possible.
Individuals can cling to material or even the immaterial goals as being primary over
the ways of God. In current times, we see that entertainers or sports figures can become
the gods of certain people.
The accumulation of material goods, personal power or financial wealth has taken on
disproportionate significance for some people. Any pleasure, goal or item which takes
first place over God in a person’s life needs to be examined carefully and put in proper
Life comes from God. Eternal life is with God. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “I am the way,
the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
The contents of the heart, the mind and the soul need on-going examination and careful
attention. The Lord Jesus Christ said: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole
world, and loses his own soul?”
When Christ is first and foremost in the heart, the mind and the soul, all else is in
proper perspective. When something or someone other than Christ becomes of foremost value
in the heart and mind, then life’s orientation is skewed.
Believers do well to keep in mind the words of Christ, : ”Where your treasure is,
there will your heart be also.”
Keeping Christ first and foremost is a constant struggle throughout life.
During the course of earthly life, believers are faced with a constant succession of choices.
Each exercised choice draws a person closer to Christ or creates a distance between the person
Some individuals are blinded by the accumulation of material wealth. Some are blinded by
certain personal goals having to do with pride, standing in the community or a particular
Daily news accounts often tell of individuals in high places having compromised their
moral integrity. Daily news accounts often tell about athletes taking certain illegal drugs
to enhance their performance.
Faithfulness to Christ requires the maintaining of integrity in the workplace, the home
and the community. Faithfulness to Christ means maintaining integrity in the Christian life,
throughout the Christian life.
God gives each person a certain amount of resources. Individuals grateful to God will
use the resources wisely and will be grateful to God for having received them. Grateful
individuals will give thanks to God.
Greed often rears its head in the present world. Greed runs counter to the Christian
principle of charity. Greed runs counter to caring for the needy. Being good stewards of
God-given resources is always in order.
The young man in the current Gospel had abided by certain commandments. More was expected
of him to experience eternal life. The young man was faced with a life-changing decision.
He was asked to give up his material possessions.
The young man was asked to give to the poor and follow Christ. The man was more attached
to his material possessions than he was to Christ. The man had come to Christ with the initial
question. He received Christ’s answer.
The man had made many good prior decisions. He couldn’t make the final decision necessary
to be with Christ. The man was close, but in the end, he was not where he wanted to be.
Being with Christ requires the exercising of trust, the placing of trust in Christ.
Faith in Christ is fundamental in decision-making. For the person to make the necessary
decisions, belief in Christ must be sufficiently strong.
A person’s personal circumstances can affect the decision-making. Individuals may
turn to Christ when feeling there is nowhere else to turn.
Individuals may turn to Christ when feeling there is no one else to turn to.
Others may have lived in Christ faithfully and have a history to draw from in making
further decisions to follow Christ. The icon of the Ladder of Divine Ascent provides a
visible image of some individuals falling aside as they ascend the steps. 1
May the hope established by Christ in the current Gospel be sufficient for current
believers to make the necessary decisions to faithfully follow Christ.
8th Edition Catalogue and Reference Book. St. Isaac of Syria Skete. Boscobel, Wisconsin, p. 52.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 13 / August 26, 2012
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Hyppolitus, Martyr. Apodasis of the Transfiguration.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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