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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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

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

The Raising of Lazarus

In the desert of Lent, we fast from food, but feast on the Word of God. The ancient practice of lectio divina, or sacred reading, invites us to chew on the words of Scripture and savor them.

In the eleventh chapter of St.… Read the rest

Scrooge and Dives

Kykkos Monastery mosaic representing the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Second Week of Lent, Thursday

Luke 16:19-31

In Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge takes a voyage in time to Christmases past, present and future, and wakes up right after the shock of seeing the headstone of his own grave.… Read the rest

Cosmic Cure

Christ feeding the multitude (Coptic icon)

Friday After Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58:1-9a; Matthew 9:14-15

The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

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Drinking Poison

Thursday after Ash Wednesday 

Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Luke 9:22-25

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

Genesis 2:15 (RSV)

Adam, priest and king of the Lord’s garden sanctuary, had the duty “to till it and keep it.” … Read the rest

God Beyond Words

Ash Wednesday

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

…then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

On Ash Wednesday, we remember our origins—that we are dust of the ground.… 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