Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 16, 2020

The Sunday of the Prodigal Son affords us the opportunity to consider how much we value our ‘inheritance,’ our identity, in Christ.  The prodigal demands his inheritance from his father (even before his father dies) and squanders it on riotous living.  Having become a slave to his passions, there’s no sating them.  Having starved his soul […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 9, 2020

Triodion begins!  The three weeks before Great Lent (the Triodion) has begun with the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee Saturday at Great Vespers.  Christ thrusts before us a stark contrast between the prideful, judgmental, self-righteous Pharisee and the humble, self-effacing, repentant Publican.  Like the Pharisee, we too can easily find ourselves following all the ‘rules’ of […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – February 2, 2020

On Luke 2:25-26:  For the righteous Simeon, his one desire is to see and hold the babe Christ, the long-awaited Messiah made flesh, before he dies.  God, by His mercy, grants his heart’s desire.  Here too, we see that singular desire to see Christ, to be with Christ, to encounter Christ, to be in His near […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – January 26, 2020

Pridedoesn’t just manifest itself in arrogance, but often—maybe even more often—in over-sensitivity and feelings of inferiority.  The common denominator is self-focus rather than Christ-focus.  Where ego and reliance on self is concerned, whether in regard to appearance, identity, or abilities, or one’s purpose in life, pride won’t be far behind.  It will haunt us, belittle […]

31st Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Faith and Healing

Faith is one of those things that the modern rational mind has such a hard time contemplating. In a society where humanists believe that the scientific method is the end all and be all of what we can ‘know’, of what is ‘true’, faith seems almost quaint, if not irrelevant to many who prefer the calculations […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – January 19, 2020

Today we reflect on Christ’s miraculous healing of the blind man, who repeatedly and undauntedly calls after Christ God for His mercy, using the messianic title, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Undeterred by those who would silence him, the man catches Christ’s attention who rewards him for his faith in the living […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – January 12, 2020

“Today the waters of the Jordan are transformed into healing by the coming of the Lord.  Today the transgressions of men are washed away by the waters of the Jordan…  Today we have been delivered from darkness and illuminated with the light of the knowledge of God.  Today the blinding mist of the world is […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – January 5, 2020

“Today the waters of the Jordan are transformed into healing by the coming of the Lord.  Today the transgressions of men are washed away by the waters of the Jordan…  Today we have been delivered from darkness and illuminated with the light of the knowledge of God.  Today the blinding mist of the world is […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – December 29, 2019

Blessed Nativity in Continuation, Many Years!  “The angels offer Thee a hymn; the heavens, a star; the Magi, gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, a manger; and we offer Thee a Virgin Mother.” (Stichera, Vespers of Nativity).  The Lord grant all of you great joy as we continue to celebrate our […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – December 22, 2019

The righteous ancestors of Christ, the genealogy of which we hear read in today’s Gospel, pre-figure and point us to Him, the long-awaited Messiah, the Savior of the world; they ready us for His coming just a few days from now. Throughout the Old Testament, their stories of faith are also stories of redemption, of […]