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

The Sunday that falls between December 11-17 is known as the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, the ancestors of Christ according to the flesh who lived before the Law and under the Law, especially the Patriarch Abraham, to whom God said, “In thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed” (Gen. […]

25th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Healing of the Ten Lepers

Ten lepers appeal to Christ God for healing that they know that He alone can give.  While all ten are healed, only one returns to Christ, prostrating himself before Him who gives life to all, thanking Him for the healing he’s received.  You and I have been given healing as well.  We’ve received the greatest of gifts—something greater […]

24th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on The Rich Ruler

Today’s Gospel relates the true story of a ruler who’s kept the major commandments of God but neglected the conversion of his soul.  In the eyes of the world, the ruler is a ‘good,’ upstanding man.  He’s outwardly followed the commandments and not committed any of the ‘big sins.’  But he comes to Jesus looking to be reaffirmed, justified […]

23rd Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Incarnation and Second Coming

One of the most beautiful and beloved pieces of classical music for Advent, this holy season of preparation for Christ’s holy Nativity, is Bach’s popular cantata “Sleepers awake!”  The title refers to a common theme of the Holy Scriptures, and, therefore, of our Orthodox Faith, that of alertness and readiness to meet the Lord, a theme […]

22nd Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Rich Man whose soul is demanded of him

The rich man in today’s Gospel puts his trust in his financial well-being, on creating for himself the illusion of ‘security,’ thinking, that if he just can hide away enough surplus, well, then nothing of this world will be able to touch him. He says, I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid […]

21st Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Merciful Samaritan

The Nativity Fast begins this Friday, a time of preparation to ready ourselves for the Feast of Christ’s holy Incarnation and Nativity, an opportunity to grow in faith and be made ready to welcome the new-born King of Kings.  As we begin that journey just a few days from now, we’re presented today with the parable […]

20th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on the Healing of the Woman with the Flow of Blood

Today is the Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenary Healers or, as they are called elsewhere in the Orthodox Church—“Physicians without silver”, which still has a resonance in our day, given the high costs of medical care and health insurance for many.  The holy Uncercenary Healers whom we commemorate today,  Panteleimon, Cyrus and John, Cosma and Damian, and […]

19th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Gadarene Demoniac

Christ’s last commandments to His Disciples, the Holy Apostles, before His Ascension was “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19-20).  The Apostles and their descendants have carried out this holy mission since that time, planting the […]

18th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on on the Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:19-31)

“There was a certain rich man clothed in purple and fine linen who fared sumptuously every day.  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate….”Today’s Gospel is sobering: We see one man who suffered great want in this life, saved, and another man, who had everything temporal […]

17th Sunday after Pentecost – Orthodox Homily on Luke 8:5-15, The Parable of the Sower

“A sower went out to sow his seed…”  Christ’s classic parable today challenges us to consider how we personally receive and act upon His Gospel of life.  He compares us to the seeds sown here in this parable and all of which have the potential for life and bearing fruit: “some fell on the wayside, some on […]