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
Revised in 2022

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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The Shepherd’s Staff

“The Shepherd’s Staff”
A reflection on Mark 6:8; Matthew 10:10; Luke 10:4
Thursday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits.

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A Gospel for Theophilus

“A Gospel for Theophilus”
A reflection on Luke 1:1-4
Sunday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.

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Shepherd of the Lost

4th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year I)

Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21; Psalm 23; Mark 6:30-34

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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The Economics of the Trinity

The Twelve Apostles (Pushkin Museum in Moscow)

14th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Hosea 11:1-4, 8e-9; Matthew 10:7-15

Thus says the LORD: When Israel was a child I loved him, out of Egypt I called my son. The more I called them, the farther they went from me, Sacrificing to the Baals and burning incense to idols.Read the rest

A New Kind of King

14th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12; Matthew 10:1-7

If they would say, “We have no king”— Since they do not fear the LORD, what can the king do for them? (Hosea 10:3)

About three hundred years after the launch of the Kingship Experiment, Hosea published the results: despair and helplessness. … Read the rest

The Spirit of Truth

Simon Ushakov, Last Supper, 1685

6th Week of Easter, Monday

John 15:26-16:4a

At the nexus between heaven and earth, the Son and the Spirit orchestrate our grand return to the Origin. From the Father and to the Father, the Holy Spirit conceived the Son in the womb of the Virgin.… Read the rest