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

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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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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Christ’s Conquest of Death

“Christ’s Conquest of Death”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Sunday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters:
When this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:

Death is swallowed up in victory.

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Eve and the Church

“Eve and the Church”
A reflection on Mark 10:1-12, Genesis 2:21-24, and John 19:34
Friday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Jesus came into the district of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds gathered around him and, as was his custom, he again taught them. The

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The Last Adam

“The Last Adam”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:45-49
Sunday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters:
It is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living being,” the last Adam a life-giving spirit. But

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Ephphatha!

“Ephphatha!”
A reflection on Mark 7:31-37
Friday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Again he left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And

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Jubilee, Day 6

“Jubilee, Day 6”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But during the seventh year the land shall have a sabbath of complete rest, a sabbath for the Lord, when you may neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. The aftergrowth of your harvest you shall not reap, nor shall you pick the grapes of your untrimmed vines.

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Friend, Go Up Higher

“Friend, Go Up Higher”
Luke 14:7-11 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time 
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. 

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Baptism of Fire

“Baptism of Fire”
Luke 12:49-50 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!

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For God All Things Are Possible

“For God All Things Are Possible” (3 panels)
Mark 10:17-30 (and Matthew 19:16-30) “in a snailshell”
Sunday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up, knelt down before him, and asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

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Bread of Shalom

Christina DeMichele, Christ Enthroned in His Creation (Used with permission)

Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

John 6:44-51

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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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

Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

The Garden of Eden, England, 16th century (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

5th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year I)

Genesis 3:1-8

“Give thanks to the Lord for he is good,
his mercy endures forever!”

Psalm 107:1

God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.

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Asleep in the Garden

Creation of Eve. Byzantine mosaic in Monreale, 12th century.

5th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year I)

Genesis 2:18-25; Psalm 128

The creation story of cosmic and human origins in Genesis is shrouded in mystery, enigma, and impenetrable conundrums. The first chapter poetically captures the goodness, beauty and delight taken by the Creator God in the heavens and the earth, culminating in his “rest” (shabath) on the seventh day as in a temple.… Read the rest

Fingerprint of God

Christina DeMichele, Christ Enthroned in His Creation (Used with permission)

5th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year I)

Genesis 1:1-19; Mark 6:53-56

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth—and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters

Genesis 1:1-2

About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea.

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The Goldsmith’s Son

Candlemas, 11th century illuminated Byzantine manuscript (Menologion of Basil II)

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Malachi 3:1-4; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Out of God’s furnace
Adam emerged,
Shining like silver and gold. 
Light of the Godhead
Pure from his core
Robed him in Glory Threefold.… Read the rest

Living Tabernacles

Russian icon of the Crucifixion by Dionysius, ca. 1500, Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow

Why did the Son of God die on the Cross?

Many theories of atonement have been proposed since the early Church, but none of them are definitive. The Catechism of the Catholic Church simply states that the crucifixion is “part of the mystery of God’s plan” (599). … Read the rest

From Melchizedek to Adam

Replica of the Temple menorah, made by the Temple Institute, Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem.

The Lord has sworn and will not waver:
“You are a priest forever in the manner of Melchizedek.”

Psalm 110:4

The dreamlike quality of the mysterious Melchizedek defies logical analysis and reasoning.… 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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Eternity in our Hearts

Christ Pantocrator, 13th century Serbian icon

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

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 144; Luke 9:18-22

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.Read the rest

One Body and One Spirit

Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.Read the rest

Resurrection in a Garden

Icon of the Anastasis (Resurrection)

24th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

”For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”… Read the rest

Holy Women

Icon of the Holy Myrrhbearers

24th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.Read the rest

Mary, Mother of a New Genealogy

Icon of the Theotokos

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Matthew 1:1-16; 18-23

Happy Birthday, Mother Mary!
Happy Birthday, Mother Earth!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.

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Trinitarian Cosmos

Slavic icon of creation

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Mattthew 13:1-23

Thus says the LORD: 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; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.Read the rest

Pigs and Sirens

Icon of Jesus Healing the Demoniacs

13th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Amos 5:14-15, 21-24; Matthew 8:28-34

After Adam lost his one-pointedness, the single eye (Matthew 6:22) split in two and revolved in every direction like strobe lights in the theater of the world.… Read the rest

“What sort of man is this?”

13th Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday (Year II)

Matthew 8:23-27

“Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

The cry of the storm-tossed disciples was the cry of mortal Adam thrust into a broken world full of dangers and out-of-control tempests. Adam’s son Jesus, unbroken by sin, slept like a baby on a cushion in Edenic tranquility. … 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