Do not care only about keeping the bodies of your children safe, for even foxes do the same
for their foxlings. But care about God in your children. Once God is cared for He will take
care of all the rest. And what you have been accumulating for your children so strenuously,
He will effortlessly gather for them quickly and easily.
(Prayers by the Lake.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott,
The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica and Midwest America,
Grayslake, Illinois, 2010, p. 189
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Holy Archangel Michael and All the Bodily Powers
God’s order in the world for all to see.
Opening our eyes to see God’s presence everywhere.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 10 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 11 - Visited parishioner at Rolling Meadows Nursing Home, Waynesburg.
November 12-13 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Seminar at Most Holy Mother of God Monastery,
Shadeland Camp, Springboro, Pa.
November 13 - Visited resident at Donnell House in Washington, Pa.
November 14 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va.
Wisdom of Sirach 8:7
Do not rejoice over any one’s death; remember that we all must die.
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
And there came a man named Jairus, and he was ruler of the synagogue. And he fell
down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter
about twelve years of age, and she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged
Him. Now a woman, having an flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her
livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any, came from behind and touched
the border of His garment. And immediately, her flow of blood stopped. And Jesus said,
"Who touched Me?' When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, "Master, the
multitudes throng and press You, and You say, 'Who touched Me?'" But Jesus said,
"Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me." Now when the woman
saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she
declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him
and she was healed immediately. And He said to her, "Daughter, be of good cheer;
your faith has made you well. Go in peace." While He was still speaking, someone
came from the Ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, "Your daughter is dead.
Do not trouble the Teacher." But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying,
"Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well." When He came into the
house, He permitted no one to go in except Peter, James, and John, and the father
and mother of the girl. Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, "Do not weep;
she is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, "Little girl,
arise." Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that
she be given something to eat. And her parents were astonished, but He charged them
to tell no one what had happened.
The present Gospel describes two miracles. The woman with the longstanding flow
of blood was healed. She had the condition for twelve years and physicians were
unable to cure her condition.
The woman with the flow of blood reached out and touched the Lord Jesus Christ
and she was healed. The power of healing went forth from the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lord Jesus Christ changed the woman’s life completely.
The second miracle resulted in Jairus’ daughter being restored to life after
she had died. Jairus appealed to Jesus for help with his severely ailing daughter.
Jairus’ appeal was successful.
Both miracles involved strong faith. Jesus told the woman: “Daughter, be of
good cheer, you faith has made you well.” When told that Jairus’ daughter was dead,
Jesus said: “Do not be afraid. Only believe, and she will be made well.”
Strong faith is necessary for Christians to face the adversities of life.
Crises arise in life unexpectedly. Crises can be extreme in impact. The woman with
the issue of blood did not have an acute crisis. She had a long-standing condition.
The woman had great patience and hope. She continued to look for a cure for her
condition. She did not give up in frustration. She did not withdraw in a state of
despondency and depression. She was persistent in searching for the cure.
Jesus was the cure for the woman’s condition. Jesus is the cure for individuals
seeking peace of mind and contentment in life. Jesus is the source for personal
fulfillment and authentic nourishment of the soul.
Jairus turned to Jesus in hope. Jairus sought out Jesus so that his daughter’s
condition could be improved. Too often Christians fail to seek the healing power of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
Too often Christians turn to non-Christian sources in an attempt to find remedies
for problems in their lives. Too often individuals suffer from a lack of personal
peace of mind, heart and soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of bringing peace to the mind, heart and soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of helping individuals view bodily conditions much
differently. Christ is able to offer a new outlook on life.
No day was darker in history than the day Jesus died upon the Cross.
The darkness of the first Great and Holy Friday was not a permanent darkness.
When Jesus died on the Cross, the darkness was great and lasting in remembrance.
The outlook for life appears dark when serious illness occurs or a dramatic
change in personal relationships or employment takes place. The Resurrection of
Christ is the supreme source of light and hope for every moment of darkness.
Whenever life seems overwhelming and gloomy, the Resurrected Christ gives
hope and lights the path to the Kingdom of God. The Resurrected Christ always
lights the path enabling individuals to seek safety and personal peace.
The Gospel readings at each Divine Liturgy nourish and enrich believers.
The Gospel readings give necessary strength and direction for daily life.
The Gospel readings reach to the depths of the soul and make a difference.
Gospel readings are repeated each year, year after year. The lessons are
lasting lessons. The nourishment replenishes the souls of attentive believers.
Each reading of the Gospel offers newness for life.
Faith and hope are necessary throughout the Christian life. Christ is
always stronger than any adversary. Christ is always the source of hope in
all circumstances of life. Christ’s love is enduring and plentiful.
Death was not able to defeat Christ. Christ defeated death. Christ showed
His power over death in the current Gospel. He showed His power over death when
He rose from the tomb.
Christians need to be resolute in faith in times of adversity. Christians
need to cherish and act on the hope firmly established by the Resurrection of Christ.
Christ’s Resurrection provides everlasting light and joy.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 5 / November 18, 2012
The Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost.
Holy Galacteon and Epistemis; Holy Apostles Patrobus, Hermas and Others.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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