Suffering With Christ

“Suffering With Christ”
A reflection on Colossians 1:24-28
Sunday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church, of which I am a minister in accordance with God’s stewardship given to me to bring to completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.

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The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy

“The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy”
A reflection on Wisdom 18:15, Luke 1:39-45, John 3:29
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

…your all-powerful word leapt from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed…

Wisdom 18:15 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When

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Magnificat

“Magnificat” 
Luke 1:46-47
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Canticle of Mary

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. … Read the rest

The Sleep of Adam and Abram

“The Sleep of Adam and Abram”
A reflection on Genesis 2:21-24 and 15:1-18
Second Sunday of Lent (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

So the Lord God cast a deep sleep on the man, and while he was asleep, he took out one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. The Lord God

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Children of Mary

“Children of Mary”
A reflection on Luke 1:39-45 and Mark 10:13-16
Saturday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And

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Eve and the Church

“Eve and the Church”
A reflection on Mark 10:1-12, Genesis 2:21-24, and John 19:34
Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The

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If You Can!

“If You Can!”
A reflection on Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 1:37
Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.

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Standing With Christ

“Standing With Christ”
A reflection on Mark 8:38
Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

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A Gospel for Theophilus

“A Gospel for Theophilus”
A reflection on Luke 1:1-4
Sunday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

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Anna the Prophetess

“Anna the Prophetess”
Luke 2:36-40 “in a snailshell” 
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.

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A Light for Revelation to the Gentiles

“Little Lord Jesus blessed his elder Simeon”
Luke 2:22-35 “in a snailshell” 
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

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Feast of the Holy Family

“The shepherds found Mary, Joseph and the child”
A reflection on Luke 2:8-20 
Inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours, Feast of the Holy Family, Evening Prayer I, Antiphon 3
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang
The shepherds went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, 
with the child cradled in a manger.
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Christ the Lord is Born Today

“Christ the Lord is born today”
Luke 2:8-14 “in a snailshell”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.

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Isaiah 45, Day 2

“Isaiah 45, Day 2”
Isaiah 45:8b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Let justice descend, you heavens, like dew from above,
like gentle rain let the clouds drop it down.
Let the earth open and salvation bud forth;
let righteousness spring up with them!

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Isaiah 61, Day 6

“Isaiah 61, Day 6”
Isaiah 61:11a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

As the earth brings forth its shoots,
and a garden makes its seeds spring up…

Isaiah 61:11a

The first line of this verse echoes Genesis 1:12: 

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.

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Isaiah 61, Day 5

“Isaiah 61, Day 5”
Isaiah 61:10c
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10c

Biblical marriage between a bridegroom and his bride has royal, sacred, and cosmic significance. … Read the rest

Isaiah 61, Day 3

“Isaiah 61, Day 3”
Isaiah 61:10a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

I will rejoice heartily in the Lord,
my being exults in my God.

Isaiah 61:10a

Holy Mother Church, the new Jerusalem, rejoices as one body and one bride. In the Liturgy of the Hours, the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary draws its first canticle from Isaiah 61:10–62:3 with this prefatory reflection: I saw the new Jerusalem, the holy city, prepared as a bride adorned for her bridegroom (Revelation 21:2).… Read the rest

A Divine and Human Genealogy

Mary Garden at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, New York

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew 1:1

The Word became flesh in a gnarled and twisted family tree, commencing its healing and deification.… Read the rest

Isaiah 35, Day 1

 “Isaiah 35, Day 1”
Isaiah 35:1
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The wilderness and the parched land will exult;
the Arabah will rejoice and bloom.

Isaiah 35:1

East of Eden, the whole earth is parched and barren, thirsting for the vivifying stream of the Spirit of God.… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 6

“The Root of Jesse, Day 6”
Isaiah 11:6b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.

Isaiah 11:6b

The little child recalls pristine adam (humankind) in the garden of Eden, the priest-king entrusted with “dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that crawl on the earth” (Genesis 1:28).… Read the rest

City of God

Icon of the Theotokos

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7:21, 24-27

On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: 
“A strong city have we; 
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. 

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The Root of Jesse, Day 1

“The Root of Jesse, Day 1”
Isaiah 11:1
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.

Isaiah 11:1

The dynasty of David, the strong, ruddy youth chosen from among the sons of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:12), had decayed to a stump thirteen kings and over three hundred years later during the reign of King Ahaz.… Read the rest

Sophia

“Sophia”
A reflection on Wisdom 7:22b—8:1
Thursday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time (Year I)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Wisdom 7:22b-8:1

In Wisdom is a spirit
intelligent, holy, unique,
Manifold, subtle, agile,
clear, unstained, certain,
Never harmful, loving the good, keen,
unhampered, beneficent, kindly,
Firm, secure, tranquil,
all-powerful, all-seeing,
And pervading all spirits,
though they be intelligent, pure and very subtle.… Read the rest

The Parable of the Yeast

“The Parable of the Yeast”
Luke 13:20-21 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

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Saint Luke, Evangelist

“Saint Luke, Evangelist”
2 Timothy 4:10-17
Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me.

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Hey, Wazzup?

“Hey, wazzup?”
Luke 11:37-41 “in a snailshell”

Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat.

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True Blessedness

“True Blessedness”
Luke 11:27-28 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”

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Our Lady of the Rosary

“Our Lady of the Rosary”
In commemoration of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571
Photos from the Mary Garden at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, NY
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

From the Liturgy of the Hours for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary:

This commemorative feast was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto.

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Our Lady of Sorrows and the Mystery of Christ

“Our Lady of Sorrows”
A reflection on Luke 2:33-35
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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Resurrection and Virginity

Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign”

33rd Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II) 

Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.

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Blessed Mother, Blessed Children

Our Lady of Vladimir

27th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Luke 11:27-28

“My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it” (Luke 8:21).

While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”Read the rest

From Womb to Womb

Icon of the Visitation

Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Isaiah 49:1-6, Psalm 139, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66, 80

Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works.

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Mary, the Church, and the Trinity

Icon of the Theotokos

After Christ’s revelation of the thrice holy Trinity, new light is shed upon the entire arc of salvation history, especially the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This meditation sketch explores the thesis that Mary and Mother Church image the Divine Person of the Father in being the font of new persons.… Read the rest