Ask, Seek, Knock

Icon of Pentecost

First Week of Lent, Thursday

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

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Isaiah 61, Day 4

“Isaiah 61, Day 4”
Isaiah 61:10b
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

For he has clothed me with garments of salvation,
and wrapped me in a robe of justice…

Isaiah 61:10b

In paradise restored, the bride, the wife of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9), stands before the tree of life clothed once again in a robe of glory.… Read the rest

The Mountain of the Lord, Day 1

“The Mountain of the Lord, Day 1”
Isaiah 2:2a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

“Your country is waste, your cities burnt with fire,” the prophet Isaiah rails in the opening chapter of his scroll (1:7a). Judah and Jerusalem are riddled with injustice, hypocrisy, murder, thievery, rebellion, and every sort of corruption.… Read the rest

God Beyond Words

Ash Wednesday

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

…then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

On Ash Wednesday, we remember our origins—that we are dust of the ground.… Read the rest

Rose of Sharon, Day 4

“Rose of Sharon, Day 4”
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The Hebrew word for Spirit (ruach) in Genesis 1:2 is feminine. 

St. Ephrem the Syrian writes:

[The Holy Spirit] warmed the waters with a kind of vital warmth, even bringing them to a boil through intense heat in order to make them fertile.

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Catchers of Men

22nd Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday (Year II)

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God, he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. He saw two boats there alongside the lake; the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.

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