The Mountain of the Lord, Day 3

“The Mountain of the Lord, Day 3”
Isaiah 2:4b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

He shall judge between the nations,
and set terms for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
One nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.

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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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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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Jubilee, Day 2

“Jubilee, Day 2”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The laws of the Sabbath day, Sabbatical year, and Jubilee year give shape to our total existence as humans interdependent with the land, animals, and plants. Setting aside one day out of seven, one year out of seven, and one year out of seven times seven years to rest from labor, allowing even the land to rest, declares the sovereignty of God and the primacy of worship.… Read the rest

If Every Flower Wanted to Be a Rose…

“If every flower wanted to be a rose…”
The wisdom of St. Therese of Lisieux “in a snailshell”
A reflection on Mark 10:35-45
Sunday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”

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Seeds of the Logos

Vincent van Gogh, Sower, 1888

Friday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (Year I)

Hebrews 10:32-39; Mark 4:26-34

The Word through whom the world came to be knew his creation intimately (John 1:3). Earth, air, soil, and water that composed his own body were fashioned in the beginning by the Spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2).… Read the rest

No Person is an Island

In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word.

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Peonies, Day 19

“The Eternal Tao (Panels 3 and 4)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

“The nameless is the origin of Heaven and Earth
The named is the mother of myriad things”

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 1, translated by Derek Lin

God is both hidden and manifest (nameless and named) in relationship to spiritual creatures. … Read the rest