Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 15, 2019

The idea of denying oneself anything in our “me first” culture seems almost ‘abnormal,’ but the message of the cross stands in such stark contrast: Christ says to us today, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me” (Mk. 8:34). The Lord knows that if we put self, […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 8, 2019

Blessings of the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos!  As we begin a new ecclesiastical (Church) year, how fitting it is that we give glory to God by commemorating the nativity of the woman of God, Mary the Theotokos, through whom the Incarnation and our salvation comes to be.  On this day of the Great Feast […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – September 1, 2019

We learn through Christ and His Church that forgiveness is the path toward freedom—both for ourselves, our families, the Church, and the world.  On this Sunday, we’re reminded of Christ’s desire to free us of hypocrisy, grudges, bitterness, and pride.  And so, we’re given the command to forgive as God has forgiven and continues to actively forgive […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 26, 2019

As we are reminded this day in our Epistle, the Apostles and their successors, and indeed all faithful Orthodox Christians, will suffer living out our faith in this world.  The life of a faithful Christian, by necessity, involves self-denial and our coming outside ourselves to love and to serve. This is part of our ‘cross’ by which […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 4, 2019

In today’s Gospel, the blind men get themselves to Christ, beseeching Him to have mercy on them and acclaiming Him as the long-awaited Messiah by their words, “Son of David, have mercy on us!” It is both their acknowledgement of their need for healingand their coming to Christ, which so loudly demonstrates their faith.  They know the One who has […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 28, 2019

On Today’s Gospel: Matt. 9:1-8 Upon first encounter with the paralytic in today’s Gospel, Christ first heals the man of the ‘paralysis’of his soul by forgiving his sins.  Nothing is too great for God, but we also remember that His grace is sufficient for you and me.  Not everyone receives miraculous healing of body, but all of usnot […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 21, 2019

Today’sGospelreminds us of the reality of spiritual warfare and the devastating effects of a soul given over to the evil one and his demons, but also Christ God’s power over the evil one.  St. Paul relays this truth to us, saying, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 14, 2019

Sin is one of those oft misunderstood concepts in Christianity.  Even in Orthodoxy, many people don’t understand sin, its consequences, and its remedy.  St. Paul assures us in today’s Epistle that “sin leads to death” (Rom. 6:23).  Why?  The Orthodox Faith teaches us that sin is “missing the mark,” being disobedient and departing from the divine calling that God […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 7, 2019

TWO MASTERS.  Christ God warns us in today’s Gospel that we cannot serve two masters… we cannot serve God and mammon (the world, material possessions).  The world tells us to put our trust in that mammon with which we hope to gain a sense of ‘security,’ to trust in and live comfortably.  In contrast, Christ draws our attention […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 30, 2019

St. Paul describes the faith of the Saints of old and what they endured for the sake of the truth of God, saying, they: “subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong… Others were tortured, […]