Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 19, 2018

The young man in today’s Gospel wants to have it both ways: He classifies Jesus as “a good teacher,” but asks of Him that which only God can know and reveal. No man who is simply a “good teacher” could ever answer the ultimate question: not, “what must a man do to inherit eternal life,” […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – August 5, 2018

We’re reminded today in our Epistle that the Apostles and their successors, and indeed all faithful Orthodox Christians, will suffer as they live out their faith in the world. The life of a faithful Christian, by necessity, involves our self-denial and our coming outside ourselves to love and to serve. This is part of our […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 29, 2018

The disciples faced many fears—fear of rejection by their own for following the Messiah, fear of arrest, persecution, of losing all their temporal attachments, forsaking their families, suffering prison, torture, martyrdom, and even wondering where their next meal would come from. To all of these fears, Jesus reminds them that He and HE ALONE is […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 15, 2018

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 healing and their coming to Christ, which so loudly demonstrates their faith. […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 8, 2018

Upon first encounter with the paralytic in today’s Gospel, instead of healing him of his paralysis, Christ first heals him 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 […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – July 1, 2018

We’re reminded in today’s Gospel of the reality of spiritual warfare and the devastating effects of a soul given over to the evil one and his demons, as well as 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 […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 24, 2018

Sin is one of those oft misunderstood concepts in Christianity. 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,” departing from the divine calling that God gives each […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 17, 2018

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

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 10, 2018

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, […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 3, 2018

All Saints: Today we remember all those faithful Saints who have come before us: “forefathers, fathers, patriarchs, prophets, apostles, preachers, evangelists, martyrs, confessors, ascetics and every righteous spirit made perfect in faith” (Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom). They come from every race, class, region, and time. What they share in common is that through their […]