Stop Judging

“Stop Judging”
A reflection on Matthew 7:1-5
Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.

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Learn From the Wild Flowers

“Learn from the way the wild flowers grow”
Matthew 6:25-34 “in a snailshell”
Saturday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear.

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A Secret Gift

“A Secret Gift”
A reflection on Matthew 6:1-4
Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“But take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.

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Love of Enemies

“Love of Enemies” (3 panels)
Matthew 5:43-48 in a quatrain
Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For

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Christ on Retaliation

“Christ on Retaliation”
Inspired by Matthew 5:38-42
Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.

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The Heart at the Altar

“The Heart at the Altar”
Matthew 5:23-24 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

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Christ Fulfills the Law

“Christ Fulfills the Law”
Matthew 5:17-18 “in a snailshell”
Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.

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Christ, the Living Stone

Ten Commandments, licensed by Oren neu dag under CC BY-SA 3.0.

Third Week of Lent, Wednesday

Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9; Matthew 5:17-19

Now therefore, Israel, hear the statutes and ordinances I am teaching you to observe, that you may live, and may enter in and take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.

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The Cross and the Beatitudes

10th Week in Ordinary Time, Monday (Year I)

2 Corinthians 1:1-7; Matthew 5:1-12

A single teardrop from God could wash away the sins of the world, but the Father gave his only-begotten Son to the last drop of blood.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement, who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.

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Living Tabernacles

Russian icon of the Crucifixion by Dionysius, ca. 1500, Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow

Why did the Son of God die on the Cross?

Many theories of atonement have been proposed since the early Church, but none of them are definitive. The Catechism of the Catholic Church simply states that the crucifixion is “part of the mystery of God’s plan” (599). … Read the rest

Jesus Christ, a Living Sermon

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

Luke 6:20-26

The life of Jesus is the epitome of his “Sermon on the Mount” or “Sermon on the Plain,” as it is called in Luke. The living sermon who is Jesus himself continues in his disciples, the Body of Christ.… Read the rest

Whoever Loves Me

Icon of the Sermon on the Mount

12th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

Matthew 7:21-29

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”Read the rest

Returning to Simplicity

18th century icon of the Prophet Elisha (from the iconostasis of Kizhi Monastery, Russia)

10th week in Ordinary Time, Saturday

1 Kings 19:19-21, Psalm 16, Matthew 5:33-37 

Have you ever had to “think twice?” In our complex society, everything from politics to online shopping usually involves deliberation.… Read the rest