A. It is a Holy Mystery by which the baptized person is cleansed from all sins,
both the original and personal and, as a newborn child of God, is incorporated
into the Church of Christ.
(The Faith of the Saints
Seraphim Press, Chicago, Illinois, pp. 57-58
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
The Nativity Fast.
The investment of each believer in the Nativity Fast.
The collective benefits of the Nativity Fast.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 24 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
November 26 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
Wisdom of Sirach 10:4
The government of the earth is in the hands of the Lord,
and over it He will raise up the right man for the time.
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
Then He spoke a parable to them saying, "The ground of a certain rich man yielded
plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have
no room to store my crops?' So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns
and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will
say to my soul, "Soul, You have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease;
eat, drink, and be merry"' But God said to him, "Fool! This night your soul will
be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?"
So is he who lays up treasures for himself, and is not rich towards God."
Richness towards God is a life-long expectation for believers.
Serious believers continue to show appreciation towards God throughout their lives.
Appreciation towards God is demonstrated and expressed in many different ways.
Active and committed Kolo members show their love for God and Godís Holy Church
by giving unselfishly of their time and effort in support of their parish and at the
Serious and long-time choir members give unselfishly of their time and effort
in coming to sing for the glory of God. Committed church school teachers hold
classes for decades without a thought of being paid.
Parish churches benefit from men and women with various skills and labor that
have aided in construction and renovation of church buildings.
Men and women serving faithfully on parish Executive Boards and at the Diocesan
and Central Church Council level express their love for God through these methods
Prayers of gratefulness and appreciation come freely and joyfully from the hearts,
mind and souls of believers recognizing the immeasurable love of God experienced
personally each day.
Many individuals grateful for Godís goodness and mercy often anonymously
give significant donations to the Church. Grateful believers serve as strong
counterpoints to individuals focused solely on personal self-interests.
The present Gospel speaks about the perils of accruing great abundance out
of personal greed and with little concern for the soul. Giving to God through
Godís Holy Church is expected to be free, willing and from the heart.
Love of God, gratefulness to God and interest in being united with God are
essential in the Christian life from baptism to departure from this life.
Repentance and confession brings Godís goodness and mercy more clearly into
The present Gospel also is a clear reminder that the only time of life
actually certain is the time of life being lived. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
Living tomorrow is not certain.
Today is the day to give thanks to God. Today is the day to thoroughly
express thanks to God. Today is the day to thank God by volunteering to help
the parish church.
Parish churches need individuals interested in learning. Coming to classes
and learning about the Church strengthens the family, the parish and the community.
Parish churches need individuals willing to attend the Divine services
particularly during the week on a regular basis. Coming to church during the
weekdays and Sunday Divine services are ways to thank God.
Care of the soul is a life-long necessity. Believers always face temptations
and diversions that put the soul in peril. Believers cannot relax and give the
temptations the opportunity to take root in the heart and the mind.
Believers need to be ever vigilant in repelling thoughts and inclinations
that offer devastation to the soul. The current world climate promotes ways of
life that provide lasting harm to the soul.
Looking to the Mother of God and the saints, individuals will find models
of inspiration to combat temptations. The Mother of God and the saints serve
as intercessors through prayer to aid believers in remaining vigilant.
The Church puts this Gospel message forth each year as a strong reminder that
care of the soul is a constant necessity. Each moment of life is a gift from God.
Each person is accountable for the way he or she cares for the soul.
When Christ returns, each person will answer whether the time of life was
squandered on material pursuits of no benefit to the soul. Each person will
answer whether pursuits were consistent with principles and standards set by God.
In the commercial marketing frenzy common to this time of the year,
believers need to heed the present Gospel. Attention to the soul takes on
great importance with each advanced moment of life.
The return of Christ draws closer with each passing day. The use of each
remaining moment of life is important for the soul. Souls reflecting love of
God and thankfulness to God differ greatly from those overrun with selfishness.
Parishes grow and individuals grow when love of God and thankfulness to
God abounds in the lives of parishioners. A willingness to give of the self
for God and the parish church reflects the interests of the heart, mind and soul.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: ďWhere your treasure is, there your heart will be also.Ē
Todayís society has too few individuals willing to give of themselves in personal
time and effort for the glory of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 19 / December 2, 2012
Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.
Prophet Obadiah. M. Barlaam.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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