Seventy-Seven Times Forgive

“Seventy-Seven Times Forgive”
Matthew 18:21-35 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then Peter approaching asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?”

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Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

“Unless a grain of wheat”
John 12:24-26 “in a snailshell” 
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

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The Good Shepherd

“The Good Shepherd”
Matthew 18:12-14 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? 

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A Feast for Watchful Servants

“A Feast for Watchful Servants”
A reflection on Luke 12:35-38
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

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In His Father’s Glory

“In His Father’s Glory”
A reflection on Matthew 16:27
Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

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Get Behind Me, Satan!

“Get Behind Me, Satan!”
Matthew 16:21-23 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

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The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

“The Canaanite Woman’s Faith”
Matthew 15:21-28 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

“The Parable of the Rich Fool”
A reflection on Luke 12:13-21
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?”

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Herod’s Distress

“Herod’s Distress”
Matthew 14:1-12 in a couplet
Saturday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist.

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Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

“Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus”
John 11:19-27 in a couplet
Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.

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The Parable of the Net

“The Parable of the Net”
A reflection on Matthew 13:47-50
Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When

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The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

“The Parable of the Hidden Treasure”
Matthew 13:44 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

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The Parable of the Weeds Explained

“The Parable of the Weeds Explained”
A reflection on Matthew 13:36-43
Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then, dismissing the crowds, he went into the house. His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”

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Loaves of the Trinity

“Loaves of the Trinity”
A reflection on Luke 11:5-8
Sunday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

And he said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,’ and he says in reply from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed.

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The Parable of the Weeds

“The Parable of the Weeds”
Matthew 13:24-30 in a couplet
Saturday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He proposed another parable to them. “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

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Secrets of the Kingdom

“Secrets of the Kingdom”
A reflection on Matthew 13:10-17
(cf. Luke 8:10; Mark 4:11-12)
Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The disciples approached him and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He

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The Parable of the Sower

“The Parable of the Sower”
Matthew 13:1-9 in a couplet
Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat down, and the whole crowd stood along the shore.

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Jonah and Jesus

“Jonah and Jesus”
Matthew 12:38-42 in a tercet
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.

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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 Lion-Hearted Lamb

“The Lion-Hearted Lamb”
Matthew 12:14-21 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death. 

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.

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The Lord of the Sabbath

“The Lord of the Sabbath”
A reflection on Matthew 12:1-8
Friday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Father’s “house of bread” includes the tabernacle (where David fled in Nob), the cosmic tabernacle containing wheat (the Sabbath crowns creation on the seventh day in Genesis), and Jesus himself (the “bread of life” born in Bethlehem which means “house of bread”).… Read the rest

Mysteries Revealed to Babes

“Mysteries Revealed to Babes”
Inspired by Matthew 11:25-27
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

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Do Not Worry About How You Are to Speak

“Do not worry about how you are to speak”
A reflection on Matthew 10:17-20
Friday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.

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Neither Gold Nor Silver

“Neither Gold Nor Silver”
A reflection on Matthew 10:7-10
Thursday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons.

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His Heart Was Moved With Pity For Them

“His heart was moved with pity for them”
A reflection on Matthew 9:36
Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.

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The Girl is Not Dead But Sleeping

“The Girl is Not Dead But Sleeping”
A reflection on Matthew 9:23-25
Monday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

While he was saying these things to them, an official came forward, knelt down before him, and said, “My daughter has just died.

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I Have Called You By Name

“I Have Called You By Name”
Isaiah 43:1
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold,

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Anointed Feet

“Anointed Feet”
A reflection on Matthew 9:16-17 and Isaiah 52:7
Saturday of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.

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The Call of Matthew

“The Call of Matthew”
A reflection on Matthew 9:9-13
Friday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.”

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Faith and Providence

“Faith and Providence”
A reflection on Matthew 9:2
Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He entered a boat, made the crossing, and came into his own town. And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.

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Saints Peter and Paul

“A fisherman and a Pharisee”
Couplet in honor of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.

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Christ the King of the Cosmos

“Christ the King of the Cosmos”
A reflection on Matthew 8:23-27
Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They

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Plowing to Paradise

“Plowing to Paradise”
A reflection on 1 Kings 19:19-21, Luke 9:59-62, Revelation 21:21
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
Note: “Fare thee well” is the archaic form of “goodbye” or “farewell.”
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Elijah set out, and came upon Elisha, son of Shaphat, as he was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen; he was following the twelfth.

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Stop Judging

“Stop Judging”
A reflection on Matthew 7:1-5
Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

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Honey From the Rock

“Honey From the Rock”
Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Office of Readings, Antiphon 3, adapted from Psalm 81:16 (17)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But Israel I will feed with the finest wheat,
I will satisfy them with honey from the rock.”

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Learn From the Wild Flowers

“Learn from the way the wild flowers grow”
Matthew 6:25-34 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.

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Treasures in Heaven

“For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be”
Inspired by Matthew 6:19-21
Friday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But

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A Secret Gift

“A Secret Gift”
A reflection on Matthew 6:1-4
Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

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Love of Enemies

“Love of Enemies” (3 panels)
Matthew 5:43-48 in a quatrain
Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For

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Christ on Retaliation

“Christ on Retaliation”
Inspired by Matthew 5:38-42
Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.

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Saint Barnabas, Apostle

“Saint Barnabas, Apostle”
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Champion of Paul

One of the best-loved characteristics of St. Barnabas is his gift of drawing out the God-given potential in others. Named Joseph at birth, the Levite from Cyprus became known as “Barnabas,” which means “son of encouragement” or “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36). … Read the rest

The Still Small Voice

“The Still Small Voice”
A reflection on 1 Kings 19:9-18
Friday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time (Year II)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The God of Moses on Mount Sinai revealed himself in thunder, lightning, smoke, and fire (Exodus 19:16-18).… Read the rest

The Heart at the Altar

“The Heart at the Altar”
Matthew 5:23-24 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

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Christ Fulfills the Law

“Christ Fulfills the Law”
Matthew 5:17-18 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

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Pentecost

“Pentecost” (2 panels)
A reflection on Acts 2:1-4
Pentecost Sunday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang


When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 

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The Fading Tower of Babel

“The Fading Tower of Babel”
A reflection on Genesis 11:1-9, Isaiah 2:2, Revelation, Psalm 87
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The city of monolithic brick
Recedes before the mountain mystic.

The whole world had the same language and the same words. 

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Easter, Day 49

“Easter, Day 49″ (2 panels)
A reflection on John 21:25
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang


It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There

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Easter, Day 48

“Easter, Day 48”
John 21:15-19 in a tercet
Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Peter thrice vowed, “I love thee.”
Jesus made a Shepherd’s plea:
“Feed my lambs and follow me.”


When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He

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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

Before the Foundation of the World

“Before the Foundation of the World”
A reflection on John 17:20-26 and Ephesians 1:3-6
Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And

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Your Grief Will Become Joy

“Your Grief Will Become Joy”
A reflection on John 16:20-22
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

When a child is begotten
Past travails are forgotten.

Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When

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Easter, Day 38

“Easter, Day 38”
John 16:7, adapted and abridged
Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Paraklétos is variously translated as Paraclete, Advocate, Intercessor, Consoler, Comforter, Helper, Strengthener, Standby, and Counselor. Paraclete, the Anglicized form of the Greek word, is used here to represent all possible translations.… Read the rest

The New Jerusalem

“The New Jerusalem”
A reflection on Revelation 21:23
Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Yerushalaim is the transliteration of Jerusalem. Click phonetics for the pronunciation of Yerushalaim.


He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It

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The New Heaven and the New Earth

“The New Heaven and the New Earth”
Revelation 21:5a from the Second Reading at Mass
Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I

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I AM. Fear not!

Amédée Varin (1818-1883), Le Christ marchant sur la mer

Saturday of the Second Week of Easter

John 6:16-21

Darkness, turbulent waters, and a mighty wind threatened to capsize the disciples into the whirling vortex of chaos. The image recalls the antediluvian waters at the dawn of creation.… Read the rest

Saint Mark, Evangelist

“Saint Mark”
A reflection on St. Mark in tradition, Revelation 4:7, Ezekiel 1:10
Feast of Saint Mark
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Since the time of the early Church Fathers, the Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, have been associated with the four “living creatures” in Revelation 4:7:

The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like that of a human being, and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.

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Shalom Snail Shop

Happy Easter, everyone! 

I am pleased to announce that Shalom Snail art is now available for purchase at Pixels.com. Photos that have been posted on the blog can be made into art prints, posters, greeting cards, mugs, notebooks, puzzles, stickers, tote bags, phone cases, and other products. … Read the rest

Jesus’ Last Sabbath

Anastasis, Fresco painting, Chora Church Collection, 11th century

Holy Saturday

Earth received a new and incorruptible seed in her womb when Jesus was laid to rest, wrapped in cloths as in a manger, and perfumed with myrrh, as the Magi anticipated.… Read the rest

Invincible Love

Christ Before Pilate, Duccio, 1308-1311

Good Friday

John 18-19

There is no greater proof that Jesus is the Son of God than his love for his enemies. In the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested, Peter’s swift reaction in cutting off the right ear of the high priest’s slave captured the all-too-human impulse toward retaliation.… Read the rest

Holy Thursday

“Holy Thursday”
John 13:14
From the Gospel at Evening Mass
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. The

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Lent, Day 32

“Lent, Day 32”
A reflection on John 8:56-58
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed.

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Fire-Tried Gold

Fiery furnace by Toros Roslin, Mashtots, 1266 (MS No. 2027, Fol. 14 V.)

Fifth Week of Lent, Wednesday

Daniel 3

Iconic images and words in the Bible interconnect to form a constellation that radiates to the “edges” of infinity. The episode of the three Jews thrown into a fiery furnace for refusing to bow down to Nebuchadnezzar’s golden image summons iconic connections from Genesis to Revelation.… Read the rest

Lamps in the Light

Fourth Week of Lent, Thursday

Exodus 32:7-14; John 5:31-47 

He was a burning and shining lamp, and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light. But I have testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father gave me to accomplish, these works that I perform testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me… For if you had believed Moses, you would have believed me, because he wrote about me.

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Glowing Amethysts

“Glowing Amethysts”
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Glowing amethysts
Arise from dark, frosty soil—
Jewels of the King.


Royal crocuses lead the procession of spring blooms, heralding the death and resurrection of the King of Kings. … Read the rest

Lent, Day 23

“Lent, Day 23”
First Reading at Mass from Isaiah 65:17
Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

See, I am creating new heavens
and a new earth;
The former things shall not be remembered
nor come to mind.

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Wine, Woman and Wakening

Wedding Feast at Cana

Fourth Week of Lent, Monday

John 4:43-54 

Then he returned to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine.

John 4:46

The Gospel of John calls special attention to Cana, the location of the first and second “signs” (sémeion) revealing Jesus as the Messiah to Israel.… Read the rest

The Parable of the Lost Sons

“The Parable of the Lost Sons”
A reflection on Luke 15:11-32
Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to Jesus, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

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Lent, Day 20

“Lent, Day 20”
Liturgy of the Hours, Third Week of Lent, Thursday
Office of Readings, First Responsory from 2 Corinthians 3:18
Thursday of the Third Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Now if the ministry of death, carved in letters on stone, was so glorious that the Israelites could not look intently at the face of Moses because of its glory that was going to fade, how much more will the ministry of the Spirit be glorious? For

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The Strong Man

A medieval illustration of Jesus healing the Gerasene demoniac

Third Week of Lent, Thursday

Luke 11:14-23

He was driving out a demon that was mute, and when the demon had gone out, the mute person spoke and the crowds were amazed.

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Christ, the Living Stone

Ten Commandments, licensed by Oren neu dag under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Third Week of Lent, Wednesday

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Matthew 5:17-19

Now therefore, Israel, hear the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

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Indestructible Covenant

Fiery furnace by Toros Roslin, Mashtots, 1266 (MS No. 2027, Fol. 14 V.)

Third Week of Lent, Tuesday

Daniel 3:25, 34-43

Shadrach (Hananiah), Meshach (Mishael), Abednego (Azariah), and Belteshazzar (Daniel) managed to preserve their Israelite heritage intact in the midst of Babylonian power and prestige.… Read the rest

Lent, Day 17

“Lent, Day 17”
Psalm Response from 42:3(2)
Monday of the Third Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As the deer longs for streams of water,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, the living God.

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Lent, Day 15

“Lent, Day 15”
Liturgy of the Hours, Office of Readings, Second Responsory
Friday of the Second Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The number forty in the Bible is associated with the recreation of the earth and its inhabitants, beginning with the Flood of Noah.… 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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This is My Beloved Son

“This is My Beloved Son”
Gospel Acclamation from Matthew 17:5
Second Sunday of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

From a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, pope

The Lord reveals his glory in the presence of chosen witnesses. His body is like that of the rest of mankind, but he makes it shine with such splendor that his face becomes like the sun in glory, and his garments as white as snow.… Read the rest

Lent, Day 10

“Lent, Day 10”
Matthew 5:44-45 from the Gospel
Saturday of the First Week of Lent
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. 

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Love like the Sun

Fra Angelico, Detail of the Crucifixion (ca.1437-46)

First Week of Lent, Saturday

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

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Lent, Day 8

“Lent, Day 8”
Matthew 7:8
Liturgy of the Hours, Magnificat Antiphon
Thursday of the First Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Icon of Pentecost

First Week of Lent, Thursday

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

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Lent, Day 7

“Lent, Day 7”
Matthew 12:38-42
Liturgy of the Hours, Magnificat Antiphon
Wednesday of the First Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”

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Lent, Day 6

“Lent, Day 6”
Gospel Acclamation from Matthew 4:4b
Tuesday of the First Week of Lent
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The

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Water and Word

Eucharistic Bread and Fish (Roman Catacombs)

First Week of Lent, Tuesday

Isaiah 55:10-11; Matthew 4:4b; Matthew 6:7-15 

Yet just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me empty,
but shall do what pleases me,
achieving the end for which I sent it.

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Lent, Day 5

“Lent, Day 5”
Communion Antiphon from Matthew 25:40
Monday of the First Week of Lent
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.

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Coins of Heaven’s Treasury

Icon of Holy Communion

Saturday After Ash Wednesday

Luke 5:27-32

The Pharisees and their scribes complained to his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

Luke 5:30

The banquet at Levi’s house was a preview of paradise when Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob will recline with “tax collectors and sinners” at the feast in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 8:11).… Read the rest

Lent, Day 2

“Lent, Day 2”
Communion Antiphon from Psalm 51:12 (10)
Thursday after Ash Wednesday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

In prayer we have a direct beeline to God. Better than wireless, the Holy Spirit carries our message to the Father even before we speak: “Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all” (Psalm 139:4).… Read the rest

Lent, Day 1

“Lent, Day 1”
Ash Wednesday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Ash Wednesday begins with the sober remembrance of our expulsion from the Garden of Eden. “For you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” the Lord God pronounced after Adam’s transgression (Genesis 3:19).… Read the rest

Lose It All, Gain It All

“Lose it all, gain it all” (2 panels)
A reflection on Mark 10:28-31
Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.

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Expanding the Heart

“Expanding the Heart”
A reflection on Mark 10:17-27
Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus

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Christ’s Conquest of Death

“Christ’s Conquest of Death”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Sunday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters:
When this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:

Death is swallowed up in victory.

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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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The Spirit of the Holy Name

“The Spirit of the Holy Name”
A reflection on Mark 9:41
Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Whoever slakes the thirst of a Christ-bearer,
Honoring the Name, is with us a sharer.


John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” But

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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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The Last Adam

“The Last Adam”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Sunday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters:
It is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being,” the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But

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A Mystery Hushed

“A Mystery Hushed”
A reflection on Mark 9:2-13
Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then

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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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The Promised Lamb

“The Promised Lamb”
A reflection on Mark 8:27-33 
Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They

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