The Faith of a Centurion

“The Faith of a Centurion”
Luke 7:1-10 “in a snailshell”
Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When he had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him.

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The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

“The Canaanite Woman’s Faith”
Matthew 15:21-28 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then Jesus went from that place and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!

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Christ the King of the Cosmos

“Christ the King of the Cosmos”
A reflection on Matthew 8:23-27
Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They

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If You Can!

“If You Can!”
A reflection on Mark 9:14-29 and Luke 1:37
Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

As Jesus came down from the mountain with Peter, James, John and approached the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and scribes arguing with them.

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Fishers of Men

“Fishers of men”
Mark 1:16-20 “in a snailshell”
Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment.

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What is Faith?

Icon of the Crucifixion

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

Luke 7:18b-23 (Matthew 11:2-6)

At that time, John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” When

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A Samaritan’s Thank You

“A Samaritan’s Thank You”
Luke 17:11-19 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.

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The Narrow Door

“The Narrow Door”
Luke 13:22-30 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He passed through towns and villages, teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”

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A Mustard Seed of Faith

“A Mustard Seed of Faith”
Matthew 17:14-20 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Eighteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When they came to the crowd a man approached, knelt down before him, and said, “Lord, have pity on my son, for he is a lunatic and suffers severely; often he falls into fire, and often into water.

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Why Are You Terrified?

“Why Are You Terrified?”
Inspired by Mark 4:35-41
Sunday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was.

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On Eagles’ Wings

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

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

Isaiah 40:25-31; Matthew 11:28-30

In a world of constant change and becoming, faith in an immutably good, true, beautiful and eternal God of Love is an anchor in the midst of crashing waves.… Read the rest

“One small step for a man…”

Amédée Varin (1818-1883), Christ Walking on the Sea

18th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year II)

Matthew 14:22-36

After feeding the five thousand, Jesus took leave of the crowd and his disciples, carrying them in spirit up the mountains. In silence and solitude, he offered the world to the Father.… Read the rest

An Apostle for Skeptics

Duccio, The Incredulity of St. Thomas (The Maesta altarpiece, 1308-1311)

Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle

John gave us the fullest portrait of Thomas in the Gospels, however brief and sketchy, in three instances. 

First, when he accompanied Jesus and the disciples from the river Jordan to Bethany in response to the urgent message of Martha and Mary that their brother Lazarus was ill.… Read the rest

Taste and See

 Icon of Saints Peter and Paul by Mihalko Golev

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Acts 12:1-11; Psalm 34; 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18; Matthew 16:13-19

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

At these words of Peter, an invisible bolt of lightning struck the stage of the world drama and lit it from end to end.… Read the rest