The Lion-Hearted Lamb

“The Lion-Hearted Lamb”
Matthew 12:14-21 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But the Pharisees went out and took counsel against him to put him to death. 

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.

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One Loaf of Bread

“One Loaf of Bread”
A reflection on Mark 8:14-21
Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time 
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

They had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat. He enjoined them, “Watch out, guard against the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” They

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Kosher Hearts

“Kosher Hearts”
A reflection on Mark 7:14-23
Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

He summoned the crowd again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.”

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Like Incense

“Like Incense”
A reflection on Mark 7:1-13 and Psalm 141:2
Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now when the Pharisees with some scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. (For

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Shabbat Shalom

“Shabbat Shalom”
A reflection on Mark 3:1-6 
Wednesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Again he entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched him closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He

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The Parable of the Lost Sheep

“The Parable of the Lost Sheep”
Luke 15:1-7 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Thirty-First Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to listen to him, but the Pharisees and scribes began to complain, saying, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

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Mercy on the Sabbath

On a sabbath Jesus went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy. Jesus spoke to the scholars of the law and Pharisees in reply, asking, “Is it lawful to cure on the sabbath or not?”

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A Cup of Herbal Tea

“A Cup of Herbal Tea”
Luke 11:42 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Woe to you Pharisees! You pay tithes of mint and of rue and of every garden herb, but you pay no attention to judgment and to love for God.

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Hey, Wazzup?

“Hey, wazzup?”
Luke 11:37-41 “in a snailshell”

Tuesday of the Twenty-Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

After he had spoken, a Pharisee invited him to dine at his home. He entered and reclined at table to eat.

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The Law of Mercy

Icon of Divine Mercy

30th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday

On a sabbath he went to dine at the home of one of the leading Pharisees, and the people there were observing him carefully. In front of him there was a man suffering from dropsy.

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The Love of a Mother Hen

Fra Angelico, Detail of the Crucifixion (ca.1437-46)

30th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Luke 13:31-35

Some Pharisees came to Jesus and said, “Go away, leave this area because Herod wants to kill you” (Luke 13:31). 

From the bare text alone, it is difficult to determine the true motive of this warning from “some  Pharisees.”… Read the rest

The Indivisible Garden

Slavic icon of creation

28th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday (Year II)

Galatians 5:18-25; Psalm 1; Luke 11:37-41

When reality is one and undivided, the universe is a perfect mirror of the soul, and vice versa. An offering of a fragrant flower to the Father by Adam, the original gardener, was simultaneously an offering of love. … Read the rest

Out of Heart, Out of Mind

Byzantine Mosaic of Jesus Healing the Man with the Withered Hand

23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year II)

Luke 6:6-11

On a certain sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.Read the rest

Heart Surgery

Christ Pantocrator, 13th century Serbian icon

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

Matthew 15:1-2, 10-14

After the Sermon on the Mount, the feeding of the five thousand, and numerous signs and wonders, Jesus was causing quite a stir. Without summoning, this ordinary son of a carpenter in Galilee compelled the most elite members of Israel to journey all the way from Jerusalem to ask him a question.… Read the rest

The Sign of Jonah

Jonah Vomited from the Whale, Third century, Rome, Catacomb of Sts. Marcellinus and Peter.

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

Matthew 12:38-42 

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”Read the rest

“A bruised reed he will not break”

Byzantine icon, The Good Shepherd

15th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. 

What a rabble-rouser, this Jesus! Picking grain on the sabbath, and then healing a man with a withered hand—in the synagogue, of all places!… Read the rest

Another Point of View

Close-up view of wheat. Licensed by Bluemoose under CC BY-SA 3.0.

15th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

Matthew 12:1-8

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.Read the rest

Authentic Personhood

Widow’s Mite: 6th century image

9th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday

Mark 12:38-44

In the course of his teaching Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets.Read the rest

The Royal Image

9th Week in Ordinary Time, Tuesday

Mark 12:13-17

“Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”

The Pharisees and the Herodians thought they had Jesus cornered. Popular political figures at the time like Judas the Gaulonite had rallied many devout Jews to view Caesar as an enemy of religion; God alone was their ruler.… Read the rest