The people felt in Sava’s person a true friend and shepherd. They readily believed
and obeyed him because they saw him doing what he was teaching. “The people were fed by
his words as by honey.’ They loved his simplicity and his sincerity. For he went among
the plain people with simplicity as one of them and yet with unobtrusive superiority of
an apostle. Moreover God confirmed him as His own messenger by many miracles he wrought
healing the sick by prayers.
The Life of St. Sava.
St. Vladimir’s Serminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1989, p. 56.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The newness of life each day.
The value of repenting each day.
The joy of the life in Christ each day.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
August 30 - Traveled by bus to support United Mine Workers from Fairmont, W.Va
to UMWA meeting in Charleston, W.Va.
September 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va. at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church.
From the Wisdom of Solomon 19:22 (SAAS)
For in everything, O Lord, You have exalted and glorified Your people,
and have not neglected to be present with them in every time and place.
The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of
heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out
his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not
willing to come. Again he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are
invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen, and fatted cattle are killed,
and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’” But they made light of it and
went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest
seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king
heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers,
and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, “The wedding is ready, but
those who were invited are not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many
as you find, invite to the wedding.” So those servants went out into the highways
and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall
was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man
there who did not have on a wedding garment. So he said to him, “Friend, how did
you come in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. Then the king
said to the servants, “ Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into
outer darkness; there will be weeping gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but
few are chosen.
Synaxis of Serbian Saints
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives
light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Do not think that I came to
destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly,
I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means
pass from the law until all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of
these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;
but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
The Lord Jesus Christ welcomes believers to follow Him at every moment of every day.
Some individuals accept the opportunity to follow Christ and joyfully enter the baptismal fount.
Some individuals remain true to Christ throughout life.
The invitation to follow Christ requires renewal at every moment of every day. Too often
individuals decline the invitation and turn their attention elsewhere.
The desire to follow Christ may increase in times of danger or stress.
Christ offers the most incomparable banquet at each Divine Liturgy.
He offers the opportunity to partake of His Precious Body and Blood.
Relatively few believers choose to accept the invitation with regularity.
Relatively few individuals choose to follow Christ with great degrees of seriousness.
The Church provides a structure for believers to utilize and adhere to as a means of being
united with Christ and growing in Christ.
A small percent of believers actively participate in the life of the Church on a
daily basis. A small percent of believers adhere to the fasts throughout the year.
A small percent of believers celebrate the major feasts throughout the year.
Individuals choosing to live the life of Christ each day throughout the year benefit
greatly from their commitment. They are strengthened in faith. They are nourished by Christ.
They benefit from the prayers of intercessors.
Each believer benefits from turning to the Lord God and seeking assistance in being a
more faithful believer and follower. Each believer benefits from an increased commitment
to Christ. Each believer can draw closer to Christ.
Saying “yes” to the invitations of Christ throughout the day, every day for the
remaining days of life is an overwhelming undertaking. Repentance and forgiveness
are necessary for the times when believers fall short.
Repentance and forgiveness are necessary when choices have been made to decline
to the follow the ways of Christ. Only by drawing near to Christ can believers be
firmly united with Him.
Only by being nourished by Christ can believers become more Christ-like and become
transformed by Christ. Only by repudiating ways of sin and embracing Christ can believers
take great care of their souls.
The narrow way leading to eternal life offers promise for believers disciplined in
faith and deeply concerned about their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
A person cannot live with reckless abandon and hope to enter into the Kingdom of God.
A person cannot go through life turning down invitations from
Christ and hope to be welcomed by Christ at the final judgment.
With the passing of each day, the return of Christ and the final judgment draws closer.
Christ continues to invite individuals to draw near to Him. At some point, Christ will
return and the invitations will no longer be extended.
At the time of Christ’s Second Coming, the final judgment will take place.
Each person will face judgment. Individuals ending their lives having embraced Christ can look forward to better results than individuals rejecting Christ.
Each day is full of opportunities to live in Christ and be united with Christ.
Each day is full of opportunities to be nourished by Christ through prayer,
through Divine services, and through attentiveness to the Holy Gospel.
Being a Christian carries the expectation and responsibility of making conscious
use of the mind, the heart and the body to live in Christ, to give glory to Christ
and to share the love of Christ.
Believers will never exhaust all the different opportunities to live in Christ
and to follow the path of Christ. Sufficient opportunities exist for each person to
grow beyond human expectation to the fullest potential in Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
August 27 / September 9, 2012
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Synaxis of Serbian Saints.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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