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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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

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

Saint Thomas the Apostle

“My Lord and my God!”
John 20:24-29 in a couplet
Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”

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Christ the Mystic Vine

Mary Garden, Jamaica, New York

John 15:1-8

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.”

On this feast of Our Lady of Fatima, a beautiful hymn to Our Lady written by a Passionist, Fr.… Read the rest

The Father’s Face

Russian icon, The Mystical Supper (early 14th century). Fresco in Vatopedi Monastery, Mt. Athos.

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:7-14

If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.

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For the Love of the Church

Byzantine mosaic, Jesus Washing the Feet of the Disciples, Monreale Cathedral, Italy (1180s)

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 13:16-20

In the foot washing scene at the Last Supper, a beautiful image of apostolic communion in Christ toward the Father is given to the Church. … Read the rest

Word and Eternal Life

Andrei Rublev, Icon of the Most Holy Trinity

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 12:44-50

Jesus cried out and said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.

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The Father’s Hand

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 10:22-30

The feast of the Dedication was then taking place in Jerusalem. It was winter. And Jesus walked about in the temple area on the Portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense?

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Shepherd, Sheep, and Gate

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 10:1-10

I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:11

This is the ultimate criterion for recognizing the good shepherd. In need of nothing, the divine shepherd empties himself completely and gives himself as food and drink to feed his flock.… Read the rest

Freedom to Follow

Jesus teaching his disciples. From a 1684 Arabic manuscript of the Gospels, copied in Egypt by Ilyas Basim Khuri Bazzi Rahib (likely a Coptic monk). In the collection of The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:60-69

Then many of his disciples who were listening said, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” 

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Bread of Shalom

Christina DeMichele, Christ Enthroned in His Creation (Used with permission)

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:44-51

The Jews murmured about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” and they said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?

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Bread of Life

John “came to the tomb first, and he saw and believed” (John 20:8).

Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:35-40

Egō eimi ho artos tēs zōēs. I AM the Bread of Life. 

After the miracle of the loaves and fishes, Jesus revealed his divine identity in the form of an I AM statement, hearkening back to the revelation of God’s name to Moses at the burning bush (Exodus 3:14; LXX). … Read the rest

Bread from Heaven

Christ feeding the multitude (Coptic icon)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:30-35

So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

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Sealed by God

Christ Pantocrator, 13th century Serbian icon

Monday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:22-29

The next day, the crowd that remained across the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not gone along with his disciples in the boat, but only his disciples had left.

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Water and Spirit

Christina DeMichele, Christ Enthroned in His Creation (Used with permission)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

John 3:7-15

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked Jesus (John 3:9). How can a person be “born of the Spirit?”

The youthful Mary had also asked the angel Gabriel, “How can this be?”… Read the rest

Peter’s New Wings

St. Peter Preaching in Jerusalem, Masolino da Panicale, c. 1426

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Acts 3:11-26; Luke 24:35-48

Lit by tongues of fire,
Deniers and deserters
Set the world afire.

Like a caterpillar morphed into a butterfly, the apostle Peter flew boldly into the light and witnessed to astonished crowds about Christ’s death and resurrection.… Read the rest

Two Angels and a Sword

Tuesday within the Octave of Easter

John 20:11-18 

“Woman, why are you weeping?”

Two angels and the Lord Jesus Christ asked the same question in a garden. The scene recalls the first garden at the moment of exile: two angels, a fiery revolving sword guarding the way to the tree of life, and a weeping Eve (Genesis 3:24).… Read the rest

First Witnesses of the Resurrection

Monday within the Octave of Easter

Matthew 28:8-15 

“Do not be afraid!” commanded the lightning white angel at the empty tomb. 

A squadron of at least four guards, among the toughest and most indomitable warriors of Rome, “were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men” (Matthew 28:4). … Read the rest

Resurrection in a Garden

Icon of the Anastasis (Resurrection)

24th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

”For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”… Read the rest

The Disciple Whom Jesus Loves

7th Week of Easter, Saturday

John 21:20-25

A renewed Peter, now confident of being in the Lord’s good graces, swiftly turns his attention to his fellow disciple John and asks, “Lord, what about him?”

Why does Peter suddenly take an interest in John’s particular destiny?… Read the rest

“Follow me.”

7th Week of Easter, Friday

John 21:15-19

Chapter 21 in the Gospel of St. John comes in like an “appendix,” as the writer already concluded his account in the previous chapter. The wisdom and marvels in the life of Jesus are uncountable, the Evangelist tells us, but thankfully he decided to add the beautiful and touching scenes at the Sea of Tiberias.… Read the rest

“All mine are thine, and thine are mine”

7th Week of Easter, Tuesday

John 17:1-11a

“…everything of mine is yours and everything of yours is mine, and I have been glorified in them.”

Contemplation of divine truths requires deep silence and listening. One does not come before these mysteries expecting to “settle” conundrums or untie knots once and for all.… Read the rest

“I am not alone”

7th Week of Easter, Monday

John 16:29-33

After two thousand years, we are still grappling with the depths of Jesus’ words at the Last Supper. Yet after only a few minutes, the disciples come forth with the glib response, “Now you are talking plainly, and not in any figure of speech.… Read the rest

Who is the Father?

Greek icon, The Mystical Supper

7th Week of Easter, Sunday

John 17:1-11a

“Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began.”

The word “glory” rings several times in this passage, evoking an unfamiliar and unworldly milieu.… Read the rest

Mysteries Too Deep

Icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev

6th Week of Easter, Saturday

John 16:23-28

“On that day” of rejoicing, Jesus says, “you will not question me about anything.” But on this day, “whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”… Read the rest

Your Hearts will Rejoice

6th Week of Easter, Friday

John 16:20-23

Gaze upon a flower for one minute and observe its movement. It appears to be still, but it is constantly changing, growing or fading. The wind blows and it sways. Light and shadows flicker continuously so that it appears in a slightly different shade every second.… Read the rest

The Eyes of the Heart

Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord

Acts 1:1-11, Ephesians 1:17-23,  Matthew 28:16-20

“Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky?”

Both at the empty tomb and at the Ascension in Luke’s writings, two men dressed in white suddenly appear and ask, “Why?”… Read the rest

One Day at a Time

6th Week of Easter, Wednesday

John 16:12-15

“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.”

With the coming of the Messiah, Israel has been stretched far beyond its comfort zone. What words can express the mystery of God’s hidden, inner communion now being manifested to the chosen people? … Read the rest

The Father’s Plan

6th Week of Easter, Tuesday

John 16:5-11

“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”… Read the rest

The Spirit of Truth

Simon Ushakov, Last Supper, 1685

6th Week of Easter, Monday

John 15:26-16:4a

At the nexus between heaven and earth, the Son and the Spirit orchestrate our grand return to the Origin. From the Father and to the Father, the Holy Spirit conceived the Son in the womb of the Virgin.… Read the rest

Following Christ

The Crucifixion, Mosaic in the Monastery of Hosias Lukas.

5th Week of Easter, Saturday

John 15:18-21

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.”

From the moment of Christ’s birth, he was already in danger of death as news of an infant king reached the ears of King Herod.… Read the rest

What is Friendship?

Russian icon, The Mystical Supper (early 14th century). Fresco in Vatopedi Monastery, Mt. Athos.

5th Week of Easter, Friday

John 15:12-17

“I have called you friends.”

Extraordinary words uttered by Jesus. Pagan philosophers like Aristotle had already proven for centuries that friendship with the gods was impossible.… Read the rest

Pray for us to God, O Queen of Heaven!

Photo art by Fr. Victor Hoagland, C.P. and Gloria M. Chang

The Regina Caeli is a 12th century antiphon in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary that is prayed during the Easter season in place of the Angelus. A legend records that during a pestilence in Rome, while the Regina Caeli was being prayed in procession with her image, angels were heard singing along and an end was put to the plague.… Read the rest

Peas, P’s, Peace

“Three Peas”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 14:27-31a

Today’s Gospel passage not only inspires the “three peas,” but also illuminates three P’s: peace, person, and power.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.… Read the rest

The Advocate

Andrei Rublev, Icon of the Most Holy Trinity

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

John 14:21-26

As we continue to listen to Jesus at the Last Supper, we are ushered into the precincts of the hidden and manifest, the seen and unseen, heaven and earth. … Read the rest

Divine Friendship

Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir

4th week of Easter, Saturday

John 14:7-14

“If you know me…”

In an intimate friendship, there is the deep sense of feeling truly known and understood. Jesus longed for his closest friends to know him truly.… Read the rest

The Way

Duccio, The Last Supper, Maestá altarpiece (1311)

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 14:1-6

Facing his impending death, Jesus comforted his disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.”… Read the rest

Omniscient Love

Duccio, The Washing of Feet and the Supper, Maestá altarpiece, 1308-1311

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 13:16-20

If you knew in detail what would happen tomorrow, would you plan for a favorable outcome?

Jesus had all the advantages of divine omniscience, yet he freely and knowingly welcomed Judas into his intimate circle of friends.… Read the rest

Whoever Sees Me

Christ Pantocrator, Mosaic from Hagia Sophia

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 12:44-50

Since the time humankind began philosophizing, we have wondered about the nature of ultimate reality. What is it? Earth, air, fire, water? Atoms? Matter? Mind? Spirit?… Read the rest

God’s Beloved Sheep

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

John 10:22-30

Jesus assures us in today’s Gospel reading that no one can take his sheep out of his hand. He knows each of his sheep by name and their unique identity. 

“My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.”… Read the rest

Let Us Pray

We are not alone during this pandemic. Emmanuel means God is with us every step of the way. May these uncertain times be an opportunity to grow in prayer.

Lord, have mercy.
Jesus, Eternal Son of God, have mercy on us.… Read the rest