Mysteries Revealed to Babes

“Mysteries Revealed to Babes”
Inspired by Matthew 11:25-27
Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

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I Have Called You By Name

“I Have Called You By Name”
Isaiah 43:1
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.” Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold,

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Anointed Feet

“Anointed Feet”
A reflection on Matthew 9:16-17 and Isaiah 52:7
Saturday of the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“No one patches an old cloak with a piece of unshrunken cloth, for its fullness pulls away from the cloak and the tear gets worse.

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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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Anna the Prophetess

“Anna the Prophetess”
Luke 2:36-40 “in a snailshell” 
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.

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A Light for Revelation to the Gentiles

“Little Lord Jesus blessed his elder Simeon”
Luke 2:22-35 “in a snailshell” 
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

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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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Isaiah 61, Day 1

“Isaiah 61, Day 1” (2 panels)
Isaiah 61:1
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
He has sent me to bring good news to the afflicted,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
release to the prisoners,

To announce a year of favor from the Lord
and a day of vindication by our God.

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The Root of Jesse, Day 4

“The Root of Jesse, Day 4”
Isaiah 11:5
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The blossom from the stump of Jesse will see with the eye of God:

Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide, 

But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted.

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The Root of Jesse, Day 3

“The Root of Jesse, Day 3”
Isaiah 11:2b-3a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,

and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2b-3a

Counsel

The Hebrew word etsah (counsel, advice, guidance) is cognate with etsah (trees), from the parent root ets (tree, trees, wood).… Read the rest

The Root of Jesse, Day 1

“The Root of Jesse, Day 1”
Isaiah 11:1
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom.

Isaiah 11:1

The dynasty of David, the strong, ruddy youth chosen from among the sons of Jesse (1 Samuel 16:12), had decayed to a stump thirteen kings and over three hundred years later during the reign of King Ahaz.… Read the rest

Our Lady of the Rosary

“Our Lady of the Rosary”
In commemoration of the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571
Photos from the Mary Garden at the Passionist Monastery in Jamaica, NY
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

From the Liturgy of the Hours for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary:

This commemorative feast was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto.

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Let Us Love One Another in God

“Let us love one another in God”
Mark 12:28-34 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”

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