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Total external cleanliness does not help at all in gaining the Kingdom of Heaven.
Oh, if only we would invest as much effort in washing ourselves from sins as we invest
in washing our faces, then God would truly be seen in our hearts as though in a mirror!
(The Prologue of Ohrid. Vol. One.
Translated by Fr. T. Timothy Tepsic. Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, 2002, p. 3
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The consistent faithfulness to God necessary during earthly life.
The need for daily prayer throughout earthly life.
The need to nourish the soul regularly to grow in Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
September 27 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars and subsequently to Meadville, Pennsylvania.
September 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
From: Wisdom of Sirach
4:11 - Wisdom exalts her children and lays hold of those who seek her.
The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by
the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had
gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was
Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the
multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out
into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. But Simon answered and said to Him,
"Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless, at Your word I will
let down the net. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and
their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and
help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When
Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, "Depart from me, for I am a
sinful man, O Lord." For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of
fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who
were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, "Do not be afraid. From now on you
will catch men." So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and
Simon Peter was obedient to the Lord Jesus Christ when instructed to launch into the deep
and let down the nets. Simon Peter was obedient to Jesus even though earlier efforts resulted
in empty nets.
Simon Peter’s listening to the Lord Jesus Christ led to dramatic results.
Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ may not always result in immediate dramatic results.
Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ is always the wisest decision.
Listening to the Lord Jesus Christ may produce results that are beneficial but not
immediately apparent. Adhering to the words of Christ may create changes that are immediate
but not noticeable to the eye.
Internal healings and peace to the soul may come about by listening to Jesus.
Accidents may be avoided by listening to Jesus. Crimes may not take place due to
listening to Jesus. Illness may remain but not increase due to listening to Jesus.
Believers can turn to the Holy Gospel to discern instructions for personal life.
Believers can listen to sermons to learn Christ’s lessons for life.
The writings and lives of the saints and martyrs reveal the teachings of Christ
and are sources for constant personal instruction. The contents of the Divine services
of the Church reveal the teachings and expectations of Christ.
Hunger for Christ is satisfied as the person turns to Christ in prayer, in church
attendance and in reading the Holy Gospel. Christ satisfying the hunger of the soul
leads to a life pleasing to Christ.
Life is lived consistent with the Gospel when the person heeds the words,
teachings and example of Christ. Simon Peter’s experience with Jesus verified
the value of listening well to Jesus.
The resultant great catch of fish was frightening to Simon Peter.
Christ at work in performing miracles may create a frightened reaction. Miracles
reveal the divinity of Christ. Miracles require individuals to look differently at Christ.
The present Gospel transformed the life of Simon Peter. A change in occupations
for Simon Peter took place. Simon Peter became a fisher of men. He would become part
of an extraordinary group of Holy Apostles.
The Lord Jesus Christ changes lives. The changes can occur gradually or dramatically.
Serious followers of Christ experience growth and change.
Changes in life are to be welcomed. The Holy Apostle Paul’s words are steady guides
for life. The Holy Apostle Paul spoke of “giving thanks always for all things to God
the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Simon Peter would move away from his manual work with boats and nets and fish.
He would move into a new world of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ. Simon Peter
would be involved in work that changed the lives of others.
Jesus’ intervention in the life of Simon Peter and in the lives of the others chosen
to be Holy Apostles would bring far greater results than the filling of nets with fish.
The world continues to change today because Jesus entered their lives.
The work of the Holy Apostles was lasting work. The presence of the Holy Apostles
continues to be felt to the present day. The lives of the faithful apostles are
commemorated in the liturgical life of the Church.
The lives of the faithful apostles serve as sources of instruction and inspiration
for every subsequent generation. Christ made the difference in the lives of the Holy Apostles.
Christ makes the difference in the lives of individuals today who choose to live in Him
and follow Him. The way a person lives will reveal and verify if Christ is alive in the heart,
the soul and the mind.
The way a person lives will reveal if the person loves God with all the heart, all
the soul and with the complete mind. The way a person lives will verify if the person
loves his or her neighbor as he or she loves the self.
Simon Peter, James and John would lay aside their fishing equipment.
They would put their old lives behind them and move into uncharted waters of life.
Jesus commissioned the Holy Apostles. Jesus strengthened them and guided them.
Jesus nourished the Holy Apostles and He set a lasting example for them.
Jesus told His disciples: I have given you an example, that you should do as
I have done to you.”
Believers are expected to follow Jesus’ example throughout their Christian lives.
Believers are expected to continue to learn from Jesus and seek unity with Him throughout
Holy Apostle Paul spoke of the difference Christ made. He said: “It is no longer I who live,
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son
of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Present day believer’s need to assess if Christ is alive in their hearts, minds and souls.
Present day believers need to be fervent in seeking unity with Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
September 24 / October 7, 2012
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Thecla, Protomartyr; Ven. Simon; St. King Vladislav; Ven. David
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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