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Pride is a broad window through which all our merits and good works evaporate.
Nothing makes us so empty before men and so unworthy before God as does pride.
If the Lord is not proud, why should we be proud? Who has more reason to be proud
than the Lord, Who created the world and Who sustains it by His power?
(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 14
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The Mother of God in the lives of serious believers.
The intercession of the Mother of God with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The changed lives of believers attributed to the Mother of God.
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September 14 - Attended Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa.
From: Wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach
2:18 - Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, but not into the hands of men;
for as His majesty is, also is His mercy.
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own
servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents to another two,
and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a
journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made
another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
But he who received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying,
‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides
them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful
over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your
lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ’Lord you delivered to me
two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His Lord said to him,
‘Well done, good and faithful servant; You have been faithful over a few things,
I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he
who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you had to be a hard man,
reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scatted seed.
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have
what is yours.’ But his lord answered and said to him, ’You wicked and lazy servant,
you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have
received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to
him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have
abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast
the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Sunday before the Elevation of the Cross
No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man
who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the
Son of Man be lifted up, ‘that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal
life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the
world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
The Christian life is fully connected with the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The power of the Cross exceeds human understanding and is a challenge for the minds of believers.
The Holy Apostle Paul realized the power of the Cross and was committed to preaching about it.
The Holy Apostle told the Corinthians: “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ
and Him crucified.”
(I Cor. 2:2)
Christians have a responsibility to think carefully about the Lord Jesus Christ being
crucified and the meaning for each personal life. Christians need to think beyond themselves
to the meaning of the Crucifixion for the world.
Occurrences in the world cannot be separated from the Lord Jesus Christ. Inhabitants
of the world knowing the Lord Jesus Christ are accountable for having this knowledge.
Informed individuals are accountable for their actions.
The Gospel of St. Matthew speaks about servants using the talents given to them.
Responsible servants are good stewards of talents received and the talents bring an increase.
Irresponsible stewards have no positive yield for talents given.
God gives every individual talents and resources to be used carefully. Just as the lord
in the present Gospel held his servants accountable for their stewardship of talents,
the Lord Jesus Christ will hold believers accountable.
Believers need to be attentive to the use of the time and resources of life.
Believers’ use of time and talents affects not only the lives of current believers,
but also the lives of others in the present generation and future generations.
Care of the environment and human relationships influence the condition of the
present world and shape the future. Christians need to reflect the Gospel in daily
employment, daily decision-making and daily human interaction.
When Christ returns, believers will need to give account of their use of the time
of life and the talents given by God. Believers will need to answer for the nature of
their personal relationships and attitudes towards others.
Parents will be held accountable for the way they care for their sons and daughters.
Believers will be held accountable for their care for the sick, the suffering,
the hungry and the imprisoned.
Believers will need to answer for their efforts to live at peace in the home,
the neighborhood and with others encountered in daily life. Believers will need to
answer whether love of God and neighbor characterized daily efforts.
The Cross of Christ showed Jesus was willing to endure suffering to the point
of death to change the world. Christians need to search their hearts to determine
the degree their personal lives include sacrifice for Christ each day.
Being identified as a Christian is the highest of honors. Christians are
expected to live up to the honor by following Christ in ways pleasing to Christ.
The mind and the heart need to be guided by Christ and toward Christ.
Consciousness of Christ needs to govern decision-making and daily actions. Believers
need to weigh the anticipated results of the daily use of time, talents and resources.
Too often individuals use the time of life, talents and resources in ways failing
to show appreciation to God. Too often individuals fail to use time, talents and
resources in ways that would bring joy to God.
Today is the day to heed the Gospel. Today is the day to make good use of time,
talents and resources in ways that will bring joy to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 10 / September 23, 2012
The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Sunday before the Elevation of the Precious Cross.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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