Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr

“Unless a grain of wheat”
John 12:24-26 “in a snailshell” 
Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

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In His Father’s Glory

“In His Father’s Glory”
A reflection on Matthew 16:27
Friday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

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Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

“Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus”
John 11:19-27 in a couplet
Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.

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Saints Peter and Paul

“A fisherman and a Pharisee”
Couplet in honor of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

After this, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. He revealed himself in this way. Together were Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two others of his disciples.

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Saint Barnabas, Apostle

“Saint Barnabas, Apostle”
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Champion of Paul

One of the best-loved characteristics of St. Barnabas is his gift of drawing out the God-given potential in others. Named Joseph at birth, the Levite from Cyprus became known as “Barnabas,” which means “son of encouragement” or “son of consolation” (Acts 4:36). … Read the rest

The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy

“The Infant in My Womb Leaped for Joy”
A reflection on Wisdom 18:15, Luke 1:39-45, John 3:29
Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

…your all-powerful word leapt from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed…

Wisdom 18:15 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised)

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When

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Saint Mark, Evangelist

“Saint Mark”
A reflection on St. Mark in tradition, Revelation 4:7, Ezekiel 1:10
Feast of Saint Mark
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Since the time of the early Church Fathers, the Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, have been associated with the four “living creatures” in Revelation 4:7:

The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf, the third had a face like that of a human being, and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.

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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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The Courage of John the Baptist

“The Courage of John the Baptist”
A reflection on Mark 6:18
Friday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

King Herod heard about Jesus, for his fame had become widespread, and people were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” 

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A Light From the Sky

“A Light From the Sky”
A reflection on Acts 9:1-9
The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, that, if he should find any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them back to Jerusalem in chains.

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Saint Andrew, Apostle

“The Call of the First Disciples”
Feast of Saint Andrew, Apostle
Matthew 4:18-22 “in a snailshell”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As he was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen. He

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Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

“Temple of Saints”
Ephesians 2:19-22 “in a snailshell”
Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.

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Saint Luke, Evangelist

“Saint Luke, Evangelist”
2 Timothy 4:10-17
Feast of Saint Luke, Evangelist
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Beloved: Demas, enamored of the present world, deserted me and went to Thessalonica, Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Luke is the only one with me.

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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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Our Lady of Sorrows and the Mystery of Christ

“Our Lady of Sorrows”
A reflection on Luke 2:33-35
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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Saint Bartholomew, Apostle

“The Call of Nathanael”
John 1:45-51 in a tercet 
Feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.”

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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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Head of the Class

16th century icon of St. John the Precursor at the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
“Report Card of St. John the Baptist”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

17th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Matthew 14:1-12 

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