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Take My Yoke Upon You and Learn From Me

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me”
Matthew 11:28-30 “in a snailshell”
Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
©️2021 by Gloria M. Chang

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

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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. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

Matthew 11:25-27

The Greek word translated as “childlike” in the NABRE is népios, which means infant, child, or babe. The little ones of the kingdom are trusting, spontaneous, simple, and pure in heart.

The same word appears in the Greek translation of Psalm 8:2:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants 
You have ordained strength, 
Because of Your enemies, 
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

Psalm 8:2 in NKJV

I will sing of your majesty above the heavens
with the mouths of babes and infants.
You have established a bulwark against your foes,
to silence enemy and avenger.

Psalm 8:2b-3 in NABRE

Your majesty is praised above the heavens;
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy,
to silence the foe and the rebel. 

Psalm 8:2b-3 in the Liturgy of the Hours

Thank you, Father, for opening our eyes—
Wee little ones, neither clever nor wise.

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. The victory was attributed to the help of the holy Mother of God whose aid was invoked through praying the rosary. The celebration of this day invites all to meditate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary who was so singularly associated with the incarnation, passion and glorious resurrection of the Son of God.

The captain of the ship on land and sea refer to Pope Pius V, head of the Church, and Don Juan of Austria, commander of the Christian naval forces. The Church is traditionally imagined as a ship at sea (world). On a literal level, Pope Pius V was praying the Rosary on land in Rome, and Don Juan of Austria and his men were praying the Rosary aboard their ships at sea.

“Captain” is singular in this tercet because the two “captains” prayed as one man, one Church, and one Body of Christ. Ultimately, the captain is Christ himself, the supreme intercessor.

In times of distress, prayer to Our Lady unites us to the source of peace and strength.

By waiting and by calm you shall be saved,
in quiet and in trust shall be your strength.

Isaiah 30:15

This memorial on October 7 was originally named for Our Lady of Victory.

Let Us Love One Another in God

“Let us love one another in God”
Mark 12:28-34 in a couplet
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?” Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. ’The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. ”The scribe said to him, “Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, ‘He is One and there is no other than he.’ And ‘to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself’ is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

Mark 12:28-34

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