Jonah and Jesus

“Jonah and Jesus”
Matthew 12:38-42 in a tercet
Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.

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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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Honey From the Rock

“Honey From the Rock”
Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Office of Readings, Antiphon 3, adapted from Psalm 81:16 (17)
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

But Israel I will feed with the finest wheat,
I will satisfy them with honey from the rock.”

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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 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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Pentecost

“Pentecost” (2 panels)
A reflection on Acts 2:1-4
Pentecost Sunday
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang


When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. 

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The Fading Tower of Babel

“The Fading Tower of Babel”
A reflection on Genesis 11:1-9, Isaiah 2:2, Revelation, Psalm 87
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The city of monolithic brick
Recedes before the mountain mystic.

The whole world had the same language and the same words. 

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Easter, Day 49

“Easter, Day 49″ (2 panels)
A reflection on John 21:25
Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang


It is this disciple who testifies to these things and has written them, and we know that his testimony is true. There

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Before the Foundation of the World

“Before the Foundation of the World”
A reflection on John 17:20-26 and Ephesians 1:3-6
Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And

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Easter, Day 38

“Easter, Day 38”
John 16:7, adapted and abridged
Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Paraklétos is variously translated as Paraclete, Advocate, Intercessor, Consoler, Comforter, Helper, Strengthener, Standby, and Counselor. Paraclete, the Anglicized form of the Greek word, is used here to represent all possible translations.… Read the rest

The New Jerusalem

“The New Jerusalem”
A reflection on Revelation 21:23
Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year C)
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Yerushalaim is the transliteration of Jerusalem. Click phonetics for the pronunciation of Yerushalaim.


He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It

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Lose It All, Gain It All

“Lose it all, gain it all” (2 panels)
A reflection on Mark 10:28-31
Tuesday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

Peter began to say to him, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age: houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and eternal life in the age to come.

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The Spirit of the Holy Name

“The Spirit of the Holy Name”
A reflection on Mark 9:41
Wednesday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Whoever slakes the thirst of a Christ-bearer,
Honoring the Name, is with us a sharer.


John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” But

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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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Standing With Christ

“Standing With Christ”
A reflection on Mark 8:38
Friday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

“Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this faithless and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

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The Promised Lamb

“The Promised Lamb”
A reflection on Mark 8:27-33 
Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

Now Jesus and his disciples set out for the villages of Caesarea Philippi. Along the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” They

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Seven Loaves

“Seven Loaves”
A reflection on Mark 8:1-10
Saturday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
©2022 by Gloria M. Chang

In those days when there again was a great crowd without anything to eat, he summoned the disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. If

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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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Fishers of Men

“Fishers of men”
Mark 1:16-20 “in a snailshell”
Monday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment.

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The Baptism of the Lord

“The Baptism of the Lord”
A reflection on Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
©️2022 by Gloria M. Chang

The people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming.

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Isaiah 61, Day 6

“Isaiah 61, Day 6”
Isaiah 61:11a
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

As the earth brings forth its shoots,
and a garden makes its seeds spring up…

Isaiah 61:11a

The first line of this verse echoes Genesis 1:12: 

And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind.

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Blind Bartimaeus

“Blind Bartimaeus”
Mark 10:46-52 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Sunday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.

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Praying With the Son

“Praying With the Son”
A reflection on Luke 11:1-4 and Romans 8:14-17
Wednesday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”

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Our Lady of Sorrows and the Mystery of Christ

“Our Lady of Sorrows”
A reflection on Luke 2:33-35
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

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The Faith of a Centurion

“The Faith of a Centurion”
Luke 7:1-10 in a couplet
Monday of the Twenty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

When he had finished all his words to the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave who was ill and about to die, and he was valuable to him.

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Why Are You Terrified?

“Why Are You Terrified?”
Inspired by Mark 4:35-41
Sunday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was.

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Seeds of the Kingdom

“Seeds of the Kingdom” (3 panels)
A reflection on Mark 4:26-29 
Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

He said, “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.

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I Am the Resurrection

“All Souls’ Day Benedictus (16 panels)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

The Benedictus antiphon, “I am the Resurrection, I am the Life; to believe in me means life, in spite of death, and all who believe and live in me shall never die,” is taken from the Liturgy of the Hours for All Souls’ Day.… Read the rest

Pirate for a Day

Pirate Lingo:

Ahoy!                                                       Hello!

Ahoy, matey!                                          Hello, my friend!

Yo ho ho!                                                 A cheery expression to get someone’s attention

Ahoy, me hearties!                                Hello, my friends!

me boat                                                   my boat

booty                                                        treasure

stamp duty                                              tax

Where your booty be, matey,              For where your treasure is, friend,

There your heart be.                            … Read the rest