Father Rodney Torbic

May 21 / June 3, 2018

The Sunday of All Saints

Matthew 10:32-33, 37-38, 19:27-30

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (KJV)

Individuals experiencing Christ in their lives and appreciative are moved to confess Christ. Readers of the New Testament know that individuals healed and transformed by Christ told others what took place.

The man born blind and healed told those questioning him: “If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” (Jn. 9:33) The Protomartyr Stephen witnessed for Christ even while he was being stoned to death (Acts 6:5-60).

The Holy Apostle Paul was a persecutor of Christ. Paul was changed by Christ into a foremost apostle. We read in Acts “Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.” (Acts 9:1-22).

The lives of the saints share the commonality of being vibrant followers of Christ. Each believer chooses the way he or she will confess Christ. Always Christ is to be confessed with love and gentleness.

While there are times a strong defense of the faith is necessary, gentleness and humility have value and place in the Christian life. The Lord Jesus Christ was set a lasting example when being taken into custody.

The Lord could have exercised great power to overcome His captors. Jesus said: “Do you think I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels.” (Mt. 26:53)

The benefits received from Christ are beyond comprehension and full measure. Individuals pausing to think seriously of the blessings from God can quickly be overwhelmed by the thoughts.

Prayers are always answered. Healings take place. Dangers are averted. Health is restored. Forgiveness is received. Relationships improve. Economic conditions get better.

Thoughtful Christians will eagerly want to share Christ with others. Joy of the life in Christ can be overwhelming. Individuals believing in Christ may be come saddened when known believers fall away from Christ and sin.

Confessing the life in Christ is a way of offering hope to individuals feeling trapped in sin. There is always reason to hope in Christ. The opportunity to begin anew in Christ always exists.

Prayer is a way to learn to share Christ with others. Prayer guides believers in giving thanks to God. Prayer reveals to believers ways to share Christ to the hungry of soul. Prayer helps the ailing and is often welcome.

Believers appreciative of Christ in their lives want to share the joy of the experience with others. Believers nourished by Christ know that it is Christ that makes the difference.

Individuals crediting themselves with any good work or achievement deny the presence of Christ and are selfish. Individuals put their souls in peril when full of pride and diminishing the place of Christ in their lives.

The relationship individuals have with Christ is always under scrutiny. God knows what each person thinks, says and does. In the end, there is a final judgment for each person.

Each person will stand before the returning Christ to be judged. When Christ was on the Cross, one criminal chose to turn to Christ and gained paradise. The second criminal was not as favorable to Christ. (Lk. 23:39-43)

Individuals benefit from choosing the path that leads to salvation. Sharing Christ with love and gentleness will change a family, a workplace, and a neighborhood. Sharing Christ with love improves the world.

Christ expects expressions of appreciation. The Church has prayers of thanksgiving. When the ten lepers were healed only one returned to give thanks. Jesus used the one grateful leper to teach lesson thankfulness, (Lk. 17:12-19)

Hospital chapels are often places where individuals go to pray when surgery takes place or a person is in facing death. Parish churches often are places where believers turn to pray for themselves or others.

In comparison to prayers for better health and help in time of affliction, one must wonder how often expressions of appreciation to God are offered.

When individuals are blessed with good health, employment, or good relationships, it is time to give thanks to God. When individuals are spared as crime victims or avoid a serious accident, it is time to thank God.

Individuals do not make their heart beat. Individuals do not make their feet and arms to move. Individuals do not power their own voices or provide the sight for their eyes. God deserves endless thanks for our blessings.

May 21 / June 3, 2018
The Sunday of All Saints.

Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

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