The spiritual life is a ceaseless, indomitable, insatiable quest for immortality,
an innate yearning which moves man toward God. The fact of man’s yearning for closeness
with God needs some explanation. The materialist is at a loss to explain why man, as an
earth-born, earth-bound material being, would yearn for something that he is not,
something immaterial and therefore nonexistent. Where did man get the ideal of immortality?
Christianity offers the divine revealed explanation that man was created “in the image of God,”
in the “divine breath.” That divine act of chemistry made man a “living soul.” The divine
image is the beginning and source of every human person and of every human personality.
Sermons and Speeches.
Raska skola, Belgrade, 1999, pp. 79-80.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Faithfulness to Christ each day.
Faithfulness of Christ to each person throughout each day.
The joy of the life in Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 23 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
August 24 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
August 25 - Went to Diocesan Center and to Shadeland for Eastern Federation Kolo Slava.
August 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 16:16 (SAAS)
That Your children whom You loved, O Lord, might learn that it is not the production
of crops that feeds man, but Your word that maintains those who believe in You.
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a
hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers
and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the
vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants,
beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first,
and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them saying, ‘They will
respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves,
‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance. So they took him and
cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard
comes, what will he do to those vinedressers? They said to Him, ‘He will destroy those
wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to
him the fruits of their seasons.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the
Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
The Lord God blesses the earth’s inhabitants every minute of every day. Regardless of
the extent of personal hardship, blessings flow to every person inhabiting the earth.
Every person aware of God has reason to be abundantly thankful for blessings received.
Not everyone chooses to express gratefulness to God. Some individuals are less than
thankful to God and take God’s blessings for granted.
Each person receives talents and resources from God. Individuals conscious of God’s
presence and appreciative of God will try to honor God in the personal application of
their talents and resources.
The present Gospel message is an example of ungratefulness to the landowner.
The present Gospel is an example of selfishness and greed. Many examples of greed
and selfishness exist within the present society.
Ample resources exist to be shared among the inhabitant of the earth. Individuals
attentive to God will take time to consider the best ways of sharing God’s gifts with others.
Blessings from God will be used wisely for distribution to the needy by individuals
appreciative of God. We know from the Gospel of St. Matthew that eventually the earth’s
inhabitants will be subject to the Final Judgment.
We know from the present Gospel that the landowner would return to claim what was his due.
Individuals inhabiting the earth and having been given life by God have a responsibility to
live in ways pleasing to God.
A person cannot separate the existence of personal life from God without expecting
certain consequences. The person working in the vineyard had a responsibility to the
owner of the vineyard.
Employees have responsibilities to fulfill for their employers. Students have
responsibilities to their teachers. Sons and daughters have responsibilities to their parents.
The very air we breathe comes from God. The very sunlight that keeps us warm and grows
the crops is from God. The rain that comes to earth and helps the crops to grow comes from God.
Man cannot create a breath. Man cannot create a life without God.
Man cannot make plants to grow without God. Man cannot move the limbs of the body without God.
God is deserving of continuous thanksgiving. God is deserving of continuous
attention through prayer. God is deserving of steadfast expressions of love.
God’s love is manifested in the unending blessings bestowed upon the earth’s inhabitants.
God’s love is manifested in His only Begotten Son.
God’s love is everywhere for individuals willing to see it and acknowledge it.
The days remaining until Christ’s return and the Final Judgment
are not precisely known. The vinedressers in the current Gospel would have to
face the returning landowner. Believers will need to face the returning Christ.
Wise individuals use every opportunity for repentance and faithfulness to God.
Wise individuals cling to Christ and beseech His mercy. The Divine services have
many petitions for mercy and serious believers take the petitions to heart.
The Divine services of the Church help the believer to be united with Christ
and to continuously prepare for His return. Holy Confession and Holy Communion
enable believers to repent of sin and return to the life pleasing to God.
Individuals doing their work responsibly have no reason to fear their employers.
Students doing their work in educational institutions have no reason to fear exams.
Believers living in Christ appreciate the love of Christ and pray for His return.
Each recitation of the Lord’s Prayer is a prayer for Christ’s return. Lovers of Christ
seek to be united with Him forever.
When a person becomes a Christian, the person takes on the responsibility to live
the Christian life. The commitment is a complete commitment for the remaining time of life.
Christians are not expected to coast through life or to pass through life with a
lukewarm approach to the Christian life. Christians are expected to be active and
responsible in the life in Christ.
Christians are expected to conscientiously and faithfully prepare for Christ’s
return and the Final Judgment.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 20 / September 2, 2012
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Prophet Samuel.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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