Give us the joy of this feast.

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

O God, who gladden us year by year
with the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection,
graciously grant
that, by celebrating these present festivities,
we may merit through them to reach eternal joys.

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


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. 
Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Today’s Gospel presents Mary Magdalene at Jesus’ tomb. Initially she does not perceive the presence of the Christ. Such encounters are not unique to her. The recognition of the risen Jesus often takes time on the part of his disciples. The passage from an early chapter of the Acts of the Apostles suggests what may be more important for meaningful engagement; we are moved less by a touching of the senses than by a touching of the heart.

So often we only see that which we are ready to see and hear that which we are ready to hear. Our mindset determines what, how and when we take in information. What I watch for television, listen to for radio programming and read in print has virtually no overlap with what my oldest sister watches, listens to and reads, while my youngest son gets almost everything from online sources. What I perceive is in many ways filtered by what I am ready to see and hear.

My work requires that I pay attention to the small and incidental things. Fortunately I work in a collaboration where others can identify the things that I have missed and I can take the necessary steps to include them. Rather than training, experience and grit, my personal motivation (growing out of what is in my heart) is likely the greatest influence on how much I am aware of things and the extent to which I am willing to take action.

I visited the Vatican for the first time last month. My initial impression was how grandiose St. Peter’s Basilica seemed. I found myself wondering if this monument was little more than papal self-aggrandizement. More than an hour into my visit and without a noticeable prompt my disposition suddenly changed. (The Lord touching my heart?) I was brought to tears. I went into a side chapel reserved for prayer (rather than tourism). I was given the gift of seeing the place from a very different perspective.

I can envisage the fire in the heart of St. Peter in the context of today’s first reading and I also imagine a “mini-Pentecost” in the Gospel description of Mary of Magdala’s experience at the tomb. I know my doubts and I fear the limitations of my faith. I am encouraged by the actions of the Spirit-filled Peter, the man who had earlier denied Jesus three times.

As today’s Psalm reminds us, the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. In this period between Easter and Pentecost I am moved to pray today for a greater openness to the Lord.

Heavenly Father,
I miss so much because of where I choose to focus.
Allow me to let down my guard to fully take in what each new context brings.
Help me to use this grace to better understand others and better understand the work of men and women as co-creation partners with You.
Grant me a heart that welcomes Your Spirit and trusts in the consequences of that acceptance.

by Mike Cherney
Creighton University's Physics Department
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