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, […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 23, 2019

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 repentance and cooperation with […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 16, 2019

Blessings of the Feast!  All that Christ God became incarnate to give to us in order to save us has been fulfilled by the descent of the Holy Spirit, whom Christ promised would “lead us into all Truth.” (Jn. 16:13)  Christ is that Truth, the Word of God incarnate, the God-Man.  By the descent of the Holy Spirit […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 9, 2019

Today,we commemorate the holy Fathers of the First Council of Nicaea, who in 325 A.D. won the first battle against Arius and those who followed him into heresy, putting the salvation of many in peril by keeping them from knowing the true Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, and the fulness of life in […]

Weekly Update and Bulletin From Fr. Robert Miclean – June 2, 2019

The blind man sat begging at the Temple every day, known to all. Christ God visits him and restores his sight, revealing Himself as God.  The miracle is even more remarkable than it first seems: Not only has no one ever opened the eyes of one born blind before, BUT, as the Holy Fathers tell us, this […]

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

Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12).  The woman at the well in today’s Gospel comes from a very dark place: She’s living in sin, in confusion, she’s a follower of a man-made religion that cannot fulfill, but she thirsts for more.  Christ shows […]