The Bridegroom and His Guests

“The Bridegroom and His Guests”
Luke 5:33-39 “in a snailshell”
Friday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Greek phrase translated as “wedding guests” is literally “sons of the bridechamber.”

And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink.”

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New Wine of the Bridegroom

“New Wine of the Bridegroom”
A reflection on Mark 2:18-22
Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to him and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 

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Isaiah 61, Day 6

“Isaiah 61, Day 6”
Isaiah 61:11a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

As the earth brings forth its shoots,
and a garden makes its seeds spring up…

Isaiah 61:11a

The first line of this verse echoes Genesis 1:12: 

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.

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Isaiah 61, Day 5

“Isaiah 61, Day 5”
Isaiah 61:10c
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 61:10c

Biblical marriage between a bridegroom and his bride has royal, sacred, and cosmic significance. … Read the rest

God’s Designs

“God’s Designs”
A reflection on Mark 10:2-12, Genesis 1:27-28a, 2:18-24
Sunday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Pharisees approached and asked, “Is it lawful for a husband to divorce his wife?” They were testing him.

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Cosmic Cure

Christ feeding the multitude (Coptic icon)

Friday After Ash Wednesday

Isaiah 58:1-9a; Matthew 9:14-15

The woman saw that the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eyes, and the tree was desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

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New Wine into Fresh Wineskins

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

Amos 9:11-15; Matthew 9:14-17

The disciples of John approached Jesus and said, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast much, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus and the Twelve must have appeared to the mourning disciples of the beheaded John the Baptist as a spiritually undisciplined band.… Read the rest