A. It is a divine Mystery through which a baptized person is armed by the
Holy Spirit with strength and wisdom and other gifts to keep the right faith
and live a holy life.
(The Faith of the Saints
Seraphim Press, Chicago, Illinois, 2005. P. 59
Fasting each day until the Feast of the Nativity.
Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville, Illinois
Thinking about the meaning of Christís birth for each of us each day.
Praying for Christ to dwell in our hearts, minds and souls each day.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
November 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
December 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
December 3 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.
December 6 - Participated in the Fiftieth Anniversary Memorial of
the Robena Mine Disaster.
Do not praise a man for his good looks, nor loathe a man because of his appearance.
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold,
there was a woman who had spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over
and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him
and said to her, "Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity." And He laid His hands on her,
and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue
answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd,
"There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them,
and not on the Sabbath day." The Lord then answered him and said, "Hypocrite! does not
each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away
to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has
bound-think of it-for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?"
And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the
multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ healed the woman with the infirmity of eighteen years.
Jesus healed the woman on His own initiative. The woman was within eyesight of
Jesus and Jesus healed her.
Throughout the day and night individuals benefit from the love and care of Christ.
Jesus sees the needs of individuals throughout the world every day and He heals them.
Healings are in differing degrees and kinds.
Healings taking place every day may not be as dramatic as the healing in the
current Gospel. Healings taking place may not always be knowingly attributed to Christ.
Individuals feel the warmth of the sun each day but do not always vocalize that
the warmth comes from God. The stars and moon brighten the darkness of night but God
does not always get the credit.
The present Gospel identifies adversaries of Jesus. The world today has individuals
unwilling to acknowledge the healing power of God. The world today has individuals
denying the divinity of Christ.
Jesus was not deterred by adversaries in the present Gospel. Jesus healed the
woman with the long-standing condition. The woman was freed from the affliction
that was eighteen years in duration.
The woman achieved peace through Christ. The woman achieved a new freedom
through Christ. There was no doubt in the womanís mind as to Jesus being the
source of her healing. She glorified God.
Individuals consciously experiencing the healing power of God are living
witnesses to the truth. Individuals benefitting from the healing power of
Holy Confession experience the weight lifted from their conscience.
Men and women finding peace in Christ personally know the lasting effects.
Jesus reaches out and heals individuals in surprising ways. Healings are not
always anticipated or expected. Jesus brings joy at times when joy is least expected.
Today is the day to give thanks to God for the miracles that occur daily.
Today is the day to open our hearts and minds and see God at work all around us.
God is ever-present and at work in our lives. As lungs take in the air,
as the blood flows through our veins, as thoughts circulate in our minds,
let us think about the love of God giving us life today.
The woman healed of the eighteen year affliction gave glory to God.
The remaining days of the womanís life would be totally different.
Jesus was the decided difference in giving her newness of life.
In the remaining days of our lives, let us be consistently and fervently
thankful for the daily blessings and miracles of God. In the remaining days
of our lives, let us recognize and attribute the goodness in our lives to God.
When we realize that our lives depend on God and the goodness in our lives
comes from God, our lives need to constantly reflect love for God. Godís
goodness and mercy come to us freely, abundantly and without fail.
We sin far more than we give thanks to God. We fail to acknowledge the goodness
and mercy of God far more than we take time to glorify and give thanks to God.
God is with us throughout the day and the night. We give too much time to
frivolous pursuits and activities and too little time seeking the Kingdom of God.
God provides for us throughout the day and night. We give very little time to
God in prayer. We give God at most a few hours per week in church. God gives us
twenty-four hours of life each day.
We can never give back to God in appreciation all God has given to us.
We can never fully appreciate Christ taking on human flesh, voluntarily
ascending the Cross and rising from the tomb.
We can take greater responsibility as Christians. We can attempt living
in greater conformity to ways of Christ set forth in the Holy Gospel.
We can fully honor and adhere to our baptismal commitment to Christ.
The present Gospel reveals the love of Christ and the resultant joy Christ
brings to human lives. We need to awaken more readily to the daily love,
mercy and goodness of God and change our lives accordingly.
Christ loves and heals us each day. The joy of Christís love
and healing needs to be more evident in the way we live each day.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
November 26 / December 9, 2012
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
Venerable Father Alypius the Stylite
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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