Father Rodney Torbic

June 4 / 17, 2018

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 6:22-33

The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (KJV)

What images do we permit to be viewed by our eyes? Do we cast our eyes upon the Holy Gospel? Do we cast our eyes upon the holy icons? Do we look for the good in others?

Do we look for the image and likeness of God in others? (Gen. 1:26) Do we look for ways we can lead a God-pleasing life? Do we search for ways to be less sinful and more virtuous?

Do we gaze at our surroundings and see God at work? Do we fix our eyes internally and examine our hearts and minds and souls? Are we happy with an honest evaluation of ourselves?

Do we keep the image of Christ upon the Cross firmly before our eyes? Do we keep the Empty Tomb firmly before our eyes? Do we look ahead to the glorious Second Coming of Christ?

Do we look at the condition of the world and only see darkness? Do we look at others that we meet in daily life and only see faults? Do we see violence and fail to see hope? Do we see aggression and fail to see acts of love?

Do we see hunger and neglect to see charitable distribution of food? Do we see Christ on the Cross and live as if He never rose from the Tomb? Do we live with our sinfulness and not put forth the effort to repent and confess?

Do we enjoy sin more than we desire the Kingdom of God? Do we see beggars and withhold alms? Do we remember the ills others have committed against us and never consider the plank that is in our own eyes. (Mt. 7:3)

Do we always see gloom and not experience joy. Honesty with ourselves will tell us if we follow the path of Christ. Honesty with ourselves will tell us if Christ is the basis for our decision-making.

Self-assessment will give us the conclusion whether we are seeking the Kingdom of God. Self-examination will determine if we listen to Christ when making important decisions.

When we exit the Baptismal font, Christ is to be our foundation and our destination. We are expected to honor Christ in our hearts, our minds and our souls. Our lives are to be lived for the glory of God.

God is due continuous expressions of appreciation for the life granted to us. In the Joshua we read the definitive statement: “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15).

The way a person lives will ultimately reveal whether he or she is faithful in serving the Lord God. Current western society is very materialistic. Much waste occurs in America.

Many individuals concern themselves with accumulating financial wealth to the point of neglect of family and even personal health. Rather than pursuing peace in Christ, individuals may turn elsewhere in search of internal peace.

Worry can cause physical and mental problems. Worry can cause inefficiency and errors in the workplace. Worry can lead to depression and despair. Prayer can make a difference but individuals must be willing to make the effort.

Belief in the words of Christ as put forth in the Holy Gospel is a fundamental necessity for experiencing God’s goodness. Circumstances in life can change dramatically during the course of a lifetime. Holding fast to the words of Christ in the Holy Gospel provides a rudder for daily living.

The wise person invests in reading the Holy Scriptures. The wise person continues to learn. St. Basil the Great said: “We cannot become like God unless we have knowledge of Him, and without lessons there will be no knowledge.”

The Lord wants individuals to believe in their value. Jesus Christ taking on human flesh is a statement of the value of human beings. Individuals do well living in ways pleasing to God and following the path to the Kingdom of God.

Jesus asks a question about the benefit of worrying. Personal peace found in Christ is the alternative to worrying. The Holy Gospel is the essential guide for daily living. Wise individuals choose to heed the words of the Holy Gospel.

June 4 / 17, 2018
The Third Sunday after Pentecost.
Sts. Martha and Mary; Hieromartyr Joannicius; Holy Martyr George (Bogich).

Fr. Rodney Torbic
Hidden Valley, Pennsylvania

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