Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus

“Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus”
John 11:19-27 in a couplet
Memorial of Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.

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Your Grief Will Become Joy

“Your Grief Will Become Joy”
A reflection on John 16:20-22
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

When a child is begotten
Past travails are forgotten.

Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When

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Glowing Amethysts

“Glowing Amethysts”
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Glowing amethysts
Arise from dark, frosty soil—
Jewels of the King.


Royal crocuses lead the procession of spring blooms, heralding the death and resurrection of the King of Kings. … Read the rest

Christ’s Conquest of Death

“Christ’s Conquest of Death”
A reflection on 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Sunday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Brothers and sisters:
When this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:

Death is swallowed up in victory.

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A Mystery Hushed

“A Mystery Hushed”
A reflection on Mark 9:2-13
Saturday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Then

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Isaiah 61, Day 2

“Isaiah 61, Day 2”
Isaiah 61:3b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

To comfort all who mourn;
to place on those who mourn in Zion
a diadem instead of ashes,
To give them oil of gladness instead of mourning,
a glorious mantle instead of a faint spirit.

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Water and Spirit

Christina DeMichele, Christ Enthroned in His Creation (Used with permission)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

John 3:7-15

“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked Jesus (John 3:9). How can a person be “born of the Spirit?”

The youthful Mary had also asked the angel Gabriel, “How can this be?”… Read the rest

Peter’s New Wings

St. Peter Preaching in Jerusalem, Masolino da Panicale, c. 1426

Thursday within the Octave of Easter

Acts 3:11-26; Luke 24:35-48

Lit by tongues of fire,
Deniers and deserters
Set the world afire.

Like a caterpillar morphed into a butterfly, the apostle Peter flew boldly into the light and witnessed to astonished crowds about Christ’s death and resurrection.… Read the rest

First Witnesses of the Resurrection

Monday within the Octave of Easter

Matthew 28:8-15 

“Do not be afraid!” commanded the lightning white angel at the empty tomb. 

A squadron of at least four guards, among the toughest and most indomitable warriors of Rome, “were shaken with fear of him and became like dead men” (Matthew 28:4). … Read the rest

Scrooge and Dives

Kykkos Monastery mosaic representing the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Second Week of Lent, Thursday

Luke 16:19-31

In Charles Dickens’ novel, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge takes a voyage in time to Christmases past, present and future, and wakes up right after the shock of seeing the headstone of his own grave.… Read the rest

Pigs and the Resurrection

Healing of the Gerasene Demoniac

4th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year I)

Hebrews 11:32-40; Mark 5:1-20

What more shall I say? I have not time to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, did what was righteous, obtained the promises; they closed the mouths of lions, put out raging fires, escaped the devouring sword; out of weakness they were made powerful, became strong in battle, and turned back foreign invaders.

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Resurrection and Virginity

Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign”

33rd Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II) 

Jesus said to them, “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage.

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Resurrection in a Garden

Icon of the Anastasis (Resurrection)

24th Week in Ordinary Time, Saturday (Year II)

1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49

The Word became flesh to make us “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4).

”For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.”… Read the rest

Holy Women

Icon of the Holy Myrrhbearers

24th Week in Ordinary Time, Friday (Year II)

1 Corinthians 15:12-20, Luke 8:1-3

Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.Read the rest

Hope in the Resurrection

Ascent of Elijah (Northern Russian icon, ca. 1290)

11th Week in Ordinary Time, Wednesday

Sirach 48:1-14, Matthew 6:7-15

According to statistics, the mortality rate is 100%. Four exceptions to this rule are recorded in salvation history:

Seven generations after Adam, Scripture records that “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). … Read the rest