You give us the freedom of the children of God.

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

 
O God, Who have bestowed on us paschal remedies,
endow your people with heavenly gifts,
so that, possessed of perfect freedom,
they may rejoice in heaven
over what gladdens them now on earth.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. 

Today's Reading

Daily Meditation: 

You give us the freedom of the children of God.

The opportunity to recognize the healing power of love 
that has been offered us really does fill these days with power.
 
It is about recognizing Jesus alive, and Jesus with me now.
 
It is about freedom from fear, freedom for courageous love and service.

Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there. 
But she did not know who he was. 
Jesus asked her, 
“Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” 

-- John 20:14-15

Intercessions: 

By his own power Christ raised up the temple of his body 
when it had been destroyed in death. 

With joy let us ask him: 
  Lord, share with us the fruits of your victory. 

Christ our Savior, when you rose again 
you brought to the holy women and the apostles 
the joyful news of a world redeemed, 
 - make us witnesses to your risen life. 

You promised to all people 
that we would rise up again to newness of life, 
 - make us heralds of your Gospel. 

You showed yourself to your apostles 
and breathed the Holy Spirit on them, 
 - renew in us the presence of the same creator Spirit. 

You promised to be with your disciples 
to the end of the world, 
  - stay with us today, and remain with us always.

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, 
I feel your healing touch deep in my soul. 
I sense the power of Easter in your love for me. 
It is the power of your love 
that frees me to rely on your gentle care. 
I am filled with joy at the many gifts you give me. 
Let me now feel free to celebrate your love 
and share it with others.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Frope - feeling equal measure of fear and hope

This isn’t a real word, but I would like to propose that we consider adding it to our lexicon. How else can we articulate the feelings that accompany those unique moments in our lives when we finally achieve a long anticipated goal and then realize just what we have accomplished?  It’s that realization moment after the hard work that causes frope.

Think about it. You just landed THE job, the one you spent months researching and weeks perfecting your resume and interview skills. You show up on day one and sit at your brand new desk and become overwhelmed with feelings of fear (can you really do this job) and hope (the belief that you will make a difference) -- frope.

You hold your new baby in your arms for the first time. After months of planning you look into the child’s eyes and wonder if all of the classes and books really prepared you for the awesome responsibility while simultaneously having an overwhelming sense that all things are now possible in this world -- frope.

In today’s Gospel the realization of what Jesus has done for us is just now sinking in to Mary Magdalene, Mary and his other disciples. The women leave his tomb “fearful yet overjoyed.” These people watched Jesus on his long journey toward the cross and witnessed the difficulties of his path. The day after his death the enormity of his sacrifice is becoming clear to them. They are fearful for what lies ahead, but hopeful because he has risen.

Even though hope and fear may be in our hearts, I think today’s readings are asking us to focus on the hope of the Resurrection. In the first reading we are reminded that God’s love and the Holy Spirit’s promise are stronger than the throes of death. The responsorial psalm asks us to keep our hope in God for he does not abandon us and will keep us safe.  Today, the day after Easter, we are being called to see God in the world.

How do we do this? I think, like with any significant life event, we take time to remember how we got here. We contemplate the sacrifice and look for the light of God’s presence in the big and small moments of our day. We tell ourselves that is it ok to feel “fropeful,” but we trust and pray in God’s divine presence in our lives to help us be the light this sacrifice deserves.

by Ann Mausbach
Creighton University's Education Department
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