Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely,
and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us,
looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame,
and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled During the Week on Request.
God will always be with the just man. His grave will always be sought.
Indeed, the grave of the just man contains more power than the unjust living do.
For the unjust are clouds of dry smoke. Blessed is the nation which has its just.
(Prayers by the Lake.
Translated by Rt. Rev. Todor Mika and Very Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott,
The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America,
Grayslake, Illinois, 2010, p. 189
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Nativity Fast is part of the Church Year every year.
Believers investing in the Nativity Fast benefit accordingly.
Experience the joy of Christ’s Nativity by preparing well for the Feast.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
November 18 - Went to Farmington Mine Memorial in Mannington, W.Va.
November 21 - Went to Holy Trinity Church, Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathist
and Adult Class.
Wisdom of Sirach 9:16 (SAAS)
Let your reasoning be with those who are wise,
and let all your talk be about the law of the Most High.
Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying "Teacher, what shall I do to
inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the law? What is your reading
of it?" So he answered and said, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as
yourself." And He said to him, "You have answered rightly; do this and you will live."
But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Then Jesus
answered and said: "A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among
thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half
dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed
by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked,
and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was.
And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring
on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care
of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denari, gave them to the innkeeper,
and said to him, "Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again,
I will repay you. So which of these three do you think was the neighbor to him who fell
among the thieves?" And he said, "He who showed mercy on him." Then Jesus said to him,
"Go and do likewise."
Some people do very cruel acts during their lives. God continues to shine
the sun upon them and they benefit from the warmth of the sun. The same people
committing cruel acts benefit from the rain upon the earth.
Believers continue to commit sins after the joyous time of Holy Baptism.
Even though believers sin after having committed their lives to Christ,
God shows mercy upon them by granting them air to breathe.
The present Gospel message is a message of showing mercy to individuals in need.
The present Gospel message demonstrates the Samaritan took time from his life and
helped the injured robbery victim.
In today’s world, many people are injured. Some people are robbery victims.
The present world has victims of emotional and physical abuse. Victims of foreign
wars are our neighbors and live in our midst.
Believers and non-believers alike may be in a great rush during the course of
each day. No time may seem to exist in our lives to stop and say a kind word, to
write a letter of kindness, or to pick up the phone and give a word of support to
a known person in need.
The present Gospel demonstrated clearly the Samaritan knew the value of mercy.
He provided greatly for the injured robbery victim along the road. The Samaritan’s
act of mercy is a lasting example of God’s love.
Believers are expected to love God completely. Believers are expected love
neighbors completely. All of our neighbors may not seem to be readily loveable.
All of our neighbors need Christian love.
Taking time to pray is a way to express Christian love. Taking time to say
a kind word makes a difference in the lives of individuals’ depressed and needing
comfort. A phone call can help change a hurting person’s life.
Individuals caring for ailing family members have great stress in their lives.
The support of neighbors is important in helping to alleviate the difficulties of
the unending daily responsibilities of care.
The Epistle of St. John states: “Whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his
brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide
(I Jn. 3:17)
Time of life is a commodity to share.
Each person receives twenty-four hours per day. The way the time of life is
used determines where each person will spend eternity. Time needs to be taken
each day to show love to neighbors in need.
Time needs to be taken each day to assess whether the time of life is being
invested in the Kingdom of God or whether there is a rush to pursuits leading far
from the Kingdom of God.
Believers may unintentionally depart from the path entered at the time of
Holy Baptism. Believers may unintentionally stray to a path leading far from
the Kingdom of God.
The fast periods of God’s Holy Church provide times to reassess the direction
of life. Corrections needing made to ensure life is being lived according to
Christ’s teaching appropriately are made during fast periods.
Repentance and confession help believers deal with known neglect of love of
neighbor. Fast periods of the Church are times to increase attention to the needs
of our neighbors and to act to address those needs of love.
Fast periods stress reflection about care of the soul. Care of the soul
includes love of God and love of neighbor. Too often life takes on a course
that minimizes love of God and love of neighbor.
Too often life can be self-consuming and soul destroying. Fast periods of
the Church stress increased time for prayer and improving the primary relationship
with God. Love of neighbor also has a constant place in life.
The Samaritan in the present Gospel took a little time from the journey to
help the injured crime victim along the road. The Samaritan improved his own
life and the life of the victim.
Let us use the Nativity Fast as time to ensure greater daily love for God
and greater daily love for our neighbors. We improve our own lives and the
lives of others by being merciful and loving to our neighbors.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 12 / November 25, 2012
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Stephen of Decani.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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