Paradox of Peace

“Paradox of Peace”
A reflection on Luke 12:49-53
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 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! Do

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Silent Music

Isaiah the Prophet, fresco in Hermitage near Studenica, c. 1618. Licensed by Gmihail at Serbian Wikipedia under CC-BY-SA-3.0-RS.

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

Isaiah 6:1-8; Matthew 10:24-33

In the year King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, with the train of his garment filling the temple.Read the rest

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

Letting Go

Our Lady of Guadalupe

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Matthew 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.Read the rest

The Lodestar

Carthusian motto: Stat Crux Dum Volvitur Orbis

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Jeremiah 20:10-13, Romans 5:12-15, Matthew 10:26-33

“Fear no one.”

Jeremiah stood alone in his views and was hated. The truth is unpopular but necessary like oxygen. 

On the Cross, Jesus was deprived of earthly oxygen by asphyxiation, but when his mission was completed, he filled our humanity with the eternal oxygen of the Spirit of truth.… Read the rest