May we be one in faith and love.

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

O God, who have united the many nations
in confessing your name,
grant that those reborn in the font of Baptism
may be one in the faith of their hearts 
and the homage of their deeds.

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: 

May we be one in faith and love.

The apostles' acts continue the work of Jesus, 
through the ways they bring his liberating message and his healing.
 
And Jesus is very much with us this week, offering us his peace.

We ask to be able to share our faith and our love with others.

Jesus said, 
“Why are you so frightened? 
  Why do you doubt?   ... 
...you must tell everything that has happened. 

-- Luke 24:38, 48

Intercessions: 

Christ rose from the dead as the first fruits of those who sleep. 
In our joy let us praise him, and say:
 
  Firstborn from the dead, hear our prayer. 

Lord Jesus, remember your holy Church, 
built on the apostles and reaching to the ends of the earth, 
 - and let your blessing rest on all who believe in you. 

You are the healer of soul and body, 
 - come to our aid, and save us in your love. 

Raise up the sick and give them strength, 
 - free them from their infirmities. 

Help those in distress of mind or body, 
 - and in your compassion lift up those in need. 

Through your cross and resurrection 
you opened for all the way to immortality, 
 - grant to our deceased brothers and sisters 
the joys of your kingdom. 

Closing Prayer: 

Father, 
we are scattered in this world 
and so easily distracted from seeing you. 
Help me to gather those around me 
in your love. 
Let me praise your name from my heart 
and rejoice that I have been 
reborn in baptism 
through your faith and love for me.

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

Today’s first reading begins with people in amazement at a miraculous healing.  At first glance, it seems that Peter is pouring cold water on their experience.  Isn’t it rather strange that he should ask them why they are amazed, when something so spectacular has occurred?  Peter is intent on putting this all in context, providing a lesson that would bring them a more complete understanding of the events that had occurred.  Amazement based only on the healing of the crippled man would be misplaced; it was yet another lesson that God is at work in their midst, doing something important for them, not merely acting in the life of the crippled man.  Hey, wake up and smell the coffee!  Jesus was raised for you, first.  You are to be a blessing to others.  How about that!

Yet in the midst of this larger message, I also note that the crippled man “clung” to Peter and John.  This is such a human reaction, reflecting genuine gratitude.  We sometimes need to express that with an embrace, with touching.  It is good to be human.  The Psalm for today really brings this home, and we wish we could embrace God to tell Him thank you for making us and for paying attention to us.  It really is something spectacular.     

In today’s gospel, we have more human reactions.  The disciples are startled and terrified at their unexpected encounter with a risen Jesus.  Their fear later turned into joy.  What a range of emotions!  We often experience relief when things turn out better than we anticipated.  Why is it that we fear for the worst? 

Jesus helps them open their minds to the truth that was emerging from the facts that had unfolded.  I note that Jesus requires them to draw upon what they knew already.  He was not announcing completely new truths, but helping to unfold the meaning of events that they had been experiencing. In many respects, Peter was trying to do the same thing in the first reading.  Perhaps he had learned a few things from Jesus after all!  

Jesus was helping them to solve a mystery.  We love a good mystery.  Isn’t it grand when we fit together the pieces of the story and see a deeper plot emerging, in which the details begin to make sense! But to get to that joyous state, we must struggle first.  No valleys, no mountains.  Struggling can be hard.  Sometimes we want someone to tell us the answer so badly!  We want to know why!  Thanks be to God that He continues to be mindful of our predicament. 

by Edward Morse
Creighton University's School of Law
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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