God in a Box

17th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

Matthew 13:54-58

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son?Read the rest

The Net

Chinese painting of the Nativity of Christ. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5.

17th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Matthew 13:47-53

The net in the Gospel parable caught fish of every kind, just like the net after Jesus’ resurrection:

“So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and although there were so many, the net was not torn” (John 21:11).… Read the rest

The Garden of Our Heart

Mary Garden at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, New York

16th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

Matthew 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart.Read the rest

In Your Light We See Light

Icon depicting the Sower. In Sts. Konstantine and Helen Orthodox Church, Cluj, Romania. Licensed by Sulfababy of en.wiki under CC BY 2.5.

16th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Psalm 36; Matthew 13:10-17

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”… Read the rest

Trinitarian Cosmos

Slavic icon of creation

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A)

Isaiah 55:10-11; Romans 8:18-23; Mattthew 13:1-23

Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.Read the rest