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

Children of One Womb

Icon of the Theotokos

Wednesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time (Year I)

Hebrews 2:14-18

Out of the womb I have begotten you before the morning star.

Psalm 110:3 (Interpreted by St. Athanasius, Deposition of Arius 3)

He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.

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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

Peonies, Day 18

“The Eternal Tao (Panels 1 and 2)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

“The Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named is not the eternal name”

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

Tao is the word used to translate Logos of St.… Read the rest

Peonies, Day 17

Is God “omnipresent”? (Panel 6/6)
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

“The nature of God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere” is an idea often attributed to St. Augustine, but which originated as far back as Empedocles in the 5th century B.C.… Read the rest

Peonies, Day 16

Is God “omnipresent”? (Panel 5/6)
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Concepts, words, images, and language all derive from spacetime. Concepts about God are like dotted lines attempting to outline formlessness. They take us to the precipice of human knowing beyond which we plunge into docta ignorantia (“learned ignorance”), in the words of the 15th century German philosopher, theologian and mystic Nicholas of Cusa.… Read the rest

The Finger of God

Parts of P.Oxy. LII 3679, 3rd century, containing fragments of Plato’s Republic.

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

Luke 11:15-26

Suppose there was a perfectly just man. Would he be loved, ignored, or hated?

Plato proposed a thought experiment around 360 B.C.… Read the rest

Contending with God

26th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Psalm 88; Luke 9:57-62

Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands…
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
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From Qoheleth to the Christ

Russian Icon of the Crucifixion, late 16th century

25th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Ecclesiastes 11:9—12:8, Psalm 90, Luke 9:43b-45

Rejoice, O young man, while you are young 
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My Neighbor is Myself

23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

Luke 6:39-42

Divided consciousness sees reality as broken up into pieces. Human individuals are broken fragments of the cosmos endowed with consciousness. Persons transcend individuation and encompass the whole cosmos—divinity and humanity, heaven and earth—through Jesus Christ.… Read the rest

What is harmony? (Part 2)

“Is the Trinity like a musical harmony? (part 2)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

In a tonal song, all of the tones relate to a single key. Relativity of tones is at the heart of tonal music. Relativity is built into finitude itself, as form and limit give rise to systems of interrelatedness.… Read the rest

Becoming a Person

Icon of Jesus and Pontius Pilate

11th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year II)

I Kings 21:1-16, Matthew 5:38-42

Humans are the oddest creatures on the planet. The account of Naboth’s stoning is odd from beginning to end.  

King Ahab tried to strike a deal with his neighbor Naboth to acquire his vineyard, which was next to his palace.… Read the rest

Jars of Clay

Icon of Elijah with the Widow and Her Son by an anonymous Russian icon painter (from the Tretyakov Gallery)

10th week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)

1 Kings 17:7-16, Psalm 4, Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the light of the world”—a torch lit by the transfiguring Light of the Trinity.… Read the rest

In the Image of the Trinity

Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

With the revelation of the Trinity, the totality of reality is bathed in a new light. Every domain of human life is transformed. What does a tri-personal universe look like?

Let us listen to St.… 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