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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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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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

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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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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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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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 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

Like Incense

“Like Incense”
A reflection on Mark 7:1-13 and Psalm 141:2
Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Holy, Holy, Holy”
Sanctus in the Holy Mass from Isaiah 6:3
Sunday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple. Seraphim were

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Sailing With Christ

“Sailing with Christ”
A reflection on Mark 6:30-34
Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”

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Love Never Fails

“Love Never Fails”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 13
Sunday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters: Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts. But I shall show you a still more excellent way.

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Sleep, Jesus, Sleep

“Sleep, Jesus, Sleep”
A reflection on Mark 4:35-41
Saturday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was.

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Anna the Prophetess

“Anna the Prophetess”
Luke 2:36-40 “in a snailshell” 
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.

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City of God

Icon of the Theotokos

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Isaiah 26:1-6; Matthew 7:21, 24-27

On that day they will sing this song in the land of Judah: 
“A strong city have we; 
he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us. 

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Jubilee, Day 3

“Jubilee, Day 3”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Jubilee and the Lord’s Prayer

The year of Jubilee looked forward to the restoration of God’s kingdom, like the Our Father prayer Jesus taught to his disciples:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,    

your kingdom come
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.

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True Blessedness

“True Blessedness”
Luke 11:27-28 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.”

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Our Lady of the Rosary

“Our Lady of the Rosary”
In commemoration of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571
Photos from the Mary Garden at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, NY
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

From the Liturgy of the Hours for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary:

This commemorative feast was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto.

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Praying With the Son

“Praying With the Son”
A reflection on Luke 11:1-4 and Romans 8:14-17
Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

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Martha and Mary

“Martha and Mary”
Luke 10:38-42 “in a snailshell”
Tuesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.

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Prayer to My Guardian Angel

“Prayer to My Guardian Angel” (abridged)
Matthew 18:1-5, 10
Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

“Good Friday”
Icon of the Crucifixion by Master Dionysii, ca. 1500. Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow.
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Readings for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Reading I

With their patience worn out by the journey, the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water?

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Abba, Draw Us to Your Son

“Abba, Draw Us to Your Son”
John 6:41-51 in a prayer
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

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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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

Rose of Sharon, Day 10

“Rose of Sharon, Day 10”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”

Romans 8:15

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Rose of Sharon, Day 1

“Rose of Sharon, Day 1”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Where does prayer come from? Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures, it is the whole man who prays. But in naming the source of prayer, Scripture speaks sometimes of the soul or the spirit, but most often of the heart (more than a thousand times).… Read the rest

From the Magnificat to the Trinity

Mosaic of the Visitation 

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

1 Samuel 1:24-28; 2:1-8; Luke 1:46-56

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

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“Behold, I am coming soon”

“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you may have the strength to stand before the Son of Man.”

34th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Revelation 22:1-7; Luke 21:34-36 

Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.Read the rest

Now and at the Hour of our Death

Panel 1: Andreas Pavias, The Crucifixion, detail, 15th century (National Gallery of Athens) 
Panel 2: Andreas Pavias, The Crucifixion 
Panel 3: Andreas Pavias, The Crucifixion, detail
Panel 4: Russian Icon of the Crucifixion, late 16th century (State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg)

32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

Luke 17:26-37

“Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather” (Luke 17:37).… Read the rest

The Grateful Samaritan

Cleansing of the Ten Lepers (Unknown author – Codex Aureus Epternacensis)

32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Titus 3:1-7; Luke 17:11-19

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him (Luke 17:11-12a).… Read the rest

Servants of the King

Sixth Day of Creation in Genesis, 14th Century Book of Hours

32nd Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)

Luke 17:7-10

All creation serves the Lord:

Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you his angels;
give praise, all you his hosts.

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I Am the Resurrection

“All Souls’ Day Benedictus (16 panels)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The Benedictus antiphon, “I am the Resurrection, I am the Life; to believe in me means life, in spite of death, and all who believe and live in me shall never die,” is taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for All Souls’ Day.… Read the rest

Cups and Almsgiving

28th Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)

Psalm 119:41-48; Luke 11:37-41

After Jesus had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat. The Pharisee was amazed to see that he did not observe the prescribed washing before the meal.Read the rest

Praying to the Father

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

Luke 11:1-4

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Read the rest

Restoring Communion

19th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.Read the rest

The Lodestar

Carthusian motto: Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Jeremiah 20:10-13, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10:26-33

“Fear no one.”

Jeremiah stood alone in his views and was hated. The truth is unpopular but necessary like oxygen. 

On the Cross, Jesus was deprived of earthly oxygen by asphyxiation, but when his mission was completed, he filled our humanity with the eternal oxygen of the Spirit of truth.… Read the rest

Children of the Heavenly Father

Icon of Desert Fathers and Mothers

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

I Kings 21:17-29, Matthew 5:43-48

Jesus said to his disciples: “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.Read the rest

Let All Creation Praise the Lord!

Ten Thousand Things Say, “Amen!”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The Chinese Bible translates Logos (Word) in the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel as Tao (literally, the Way)—the universal and transcendent guiding principle in the cosmos. The “ten thousand things” is an expression that means everything that exists.… Read the rest

Bread from Ravens

Elijah on Mount Horeb, as depicted in a Greek Orthodox icon

10th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year II)

I Kings 17:1-6, Psalm 121, Matthew 5:1-12

In a world of individuals where people scrape and fend for themselves in order to survive, the image of a ragged Elijah in haircloth being fed by ravens seems unreal.… Read the rest