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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The Baptism of the Lord

“The Baptism of the Lord”
A reflection on Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.

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One Mightier Than I

St. John the Baptist by Meister von Gracanica.
Serbo-Byzantine fresco from Gračanica Monastery, Kosovo, c. 1235.

A Reflection on the Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent

The crowds asked John the Baptist, “What then should we do?” He said to them in reply, “Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none.

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Citizens of a New World

Simone Martini (c. 1284-1344), St. Simon and St. Jude, National Gallery of Art

Feast of Saints Simon and Jude, Apostles

Ephesians 2:19-22; Luke 6:12-16

Brothers and sisters: 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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Holy Division?

29th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

Luke 12:51

Strange words from the Son of God. Jesus was accused of many things, but utopianism was not one of them. … Read the rest