Volume 48; Number 39 September 23, 2012
READINGS FOR TODAY 16th Sunday/After-feast of the Theotokos Nativity/Sunday before the Cross
Epistles: Gal.6:11-18; 2Cor.6:1-10 Gospels: St. John 3:13-17; Matthew 25:14-30
THE SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST.
The parable about the talents* offers the thought that life is a time for trading. That means that it is necessary to hasten to use this time as a person would hurry to a market to bargain for what he can. Even if one has only brought cheap shoes, or only inexpensive goods, he does not sit with his arms folded, but contrives to call over buyers to sell what he has and then buy for himself what he needs. No one who has received life from the Lord can say that he does not have a single talent—everyone has something, and not just one thing; everyone, therefore, has something with which to trade and make a profit. Do not look around and calculate what others have received, but take a good look at yourself and determine more precisely what lies in you and what you can gain for that which you have, and then act according to this plan without laziness. At the Judgment you will not be asked why you did not gain ten talents if you had only one, and you will not even be asked why you gained only one talent on your one, but you will be told that you gained a talent, half a talent or a tenth of its worth. And the reward will not be because you received the talents, but because you gained. There will be nothing with which to justify yourself—not with nobleness, nor poverty, nor lack of education. Had you not been given any talents, this would not be an issue. But you had hands and feet. You will be asked, what did you gain with them? You had a tongue, what did you gain with it? In this way will the inequalities of earthly states be leveled out at God’s judgment. St. Theophan the Recluse
* A “talent” was money, a very valuable coin, in biblical times. In the parable Jesus uses the word “talent” to indicate the gifts we have received from God.
NEDELJA ŠESNAESTA PO DUHOVIMA
Priča o talantima navodi na misao da je ovaj život vreme trgovine. Treba, dakle, da požurimo kako bismo iskoristili vreme, kao što na trgu svako žuri da proda ono što može. Čak i onaj ko iznese opanke ili liku ne sedi skrštenih ruku, nego se trudi da privuče kupce kako bi svoju robu prodao, a zatim kupio što mu je nužno. Niko od onih koji su primili život od Gospoda ne može reći da nema ni jedan talanat. Svaki ima nešto, i to ne samo jednu [stvar]. Prema tome, svako ima čim da trguje i da stvara dobit. Ne obaziri se na stranu i ne broj koliko su drugi dobili, nego dobro pogledaj na sebe i pažljivo odredi šta je u tebi i šta možeš na to još dodati. Zatim se potrudi na tom planu bez lenjosti. Na Sudu te neće pitati zašto nisi stekao deset talanata ako si imao samo jedan, niti će te pitati zašto si na svoj talanat stekao samo jedan talanat, već će reći: “Šta si stekao – talanat, pola talanta ili njegov deseti deo?” I nagrada neće biti po tome što si primio, nego po tome što si stekao. I čovek se neće moći ničim opravdati: ni svojom neznatnošću, ni siromaštvom, ni neobrazovanošću. Jer, ako nije dano, neće se ni pitati. Međutim, ti si imao ruke i noge. Stoga će te pitati: “Šta si sa njima stekao?” Imao si jezik, te će pitati: “Šta si sa njime dobio?” Tako se na Sudu Božijem izjednačava nejednakost zemaljskih okolnosti. Sv. Teofan Zatvorenik
READINGS FOR NEXT SUNDAY:
Epistles: Gal.2:6-20; 2Cor.6:16-7:1 Gospels: St. John 3:13-17; Matthew 15:21-28
Remembered at the Litany for the Departed today: KATHLEEN CRIDER; DANILO SIMICH; recent victims of natural disasters, violence and wars. May their memory be eternal!.
PLEASE WELCOME PROTODEACON MILAN MEDAKOVIC, a son of our parish, who is serving with Fr. Rastko today. Protodeacon Milan is completing his last year of Seminary training at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in South Canaan, PA. God bless Protodeacon Milan, and thank you for joining us here today.
THANK YOU I am continually grateful to the many parishioners who have been praying for my health, who have sent greeting cards, and who have called me with their concern and well wishes. By your prayers and the blessings of God, I will soon be back to full strength. Fr. Rastko
CHURCH SCHOOL We are happy to see parents bring their children for Liturgy and Church School classes. Let us all make Christian education our big priority. This year our Church School Program will begin with Kindergarten. We have four church school classes in all, K through 12.
ANNUAL KOLO TEA Our Sveti Ilija KSS is having its Annual Tea this afternoon, from 2 to 5 PM. We encourage the women of our parish to participate in this established activity of our Sveti Ilija Kolo The Kolo supports the needs and furnishings of the parish home. Recently the Kolo purchased window air conditioners, a washer and dryer, and a new refrigerator, all for the parish home. May God see their good works and bless them abundantly.
NUT, POPPY & TORTA ROLLS AVAILABLE every Sunday. See Karen Kovacevic or Kata Pajic
PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING SOLDIERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Thomas Vukcevic; Benjamin Pappas; Michael Rapasky; Brady Sexton, Jeffrey Izo, Michael Greenwood, James Koch, Jacob Monnin, Adam Paich, John Stanz, Peter Mrvos, Michael Antecki, Matthew Ross. These soldiers are remembered at the Proskomedia (Service of Preparation) before every Divine Liturgy. If you have names to contribute to this list of servicemen serving overseas, please share them with Father. See bulletin board.
MEN’S CLUB NEWS Volunteers are still needed for lawn mowing. See Mike Munich. All men are invited to join this on-going effort.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR: Week of SUNDAY, September 23 through SUNDAY, September 30, 2012
We fast strictly on Thursday, the Feast of the Cross, as well as on Wednesday & Friday as usual.
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; Sv. Ilija Kolo Tea 2–5.
Monday Tammies & Dancers 6 PM
Wednesday Vespers 6 PM
Thursday Elevation of the Holy Cross (Krstovdan) Divine Liturgy 10 AM
Saturday Vespers 6 PM
Sunday Divine Liturgy 10 AM; 40-day parastos for Kathleen Crider
October 8 Altar Boy Workshop
October 14 Annual Monastery Marcha benefit dinner (sign-up on bulletin board)
October 16 Performance of Talija folkdance group from Belgrade
October 27 St. Petka, Liturgy 10 AM; Church School Fall activity
October 28 KSS Sv. Petka Slava Celebration
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST— HE IS AND SHALL BE
ХРИСТОС ЈЕ ПОСРЕД НАС — И ЈЕСТЕ И БИЋЕ
Our parish website at www.saintstephenlackawanna.org ; see parish photos from SerbFest under “Events”
Fr. Rastko e-mail address: FrRastko@saintstephenlackawanna.org
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