Give us undying life.

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

O God, who by the abundance of your grace 
give increase to peoples who believe in you,
look with favor on those you have chosen
and clothe with blessed immortality 
those reborn through the Sacrament of Baptism.

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. 

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Daily Meditation: 

Give us undying life.

There has been an outpouring of grace these holy days. 
We ask that God continue to watch over us.

May our Lord, who gave us the grace for this wonderful journey, 
continue to bless us in our every day life journey,
 
with the graces we need and desire along the way,
 
that we might be able to do wonderful things, in Jesus' name.

Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. 
But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned. 
Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. 
By using my name they will force out demons, 
and they will speak new languages. 
They will handle snakes and will drink poison and not be hurt. 
They will also heal sick people by placing their hands on them. 

-- Mark 16:16-18

Intercessions: 

Christ is the bread of life; he will raise up on the last day 
all who share the table of his word and his body. 
In our joy let us pray: 
 Lord, give us peace and joy

Son of God, you were raised from the dead to lead us into life, 
 - bless and sanctify all the children of your Father. 

You give peace and joy to all who believe in you, 
 - grant that we may walk as children of the light, rejoicing in your victory. 

Build up the faith of your pilgrim Church on earth, 
 - that it may bear witness to your resurrection before the whole world. 

You suffered and so entered into the glory of the Father, 
 - change the tears of the sorrowful into joy.

Closing Prayer: 

Loving Father, 
I feel your love for me 
and for all who have been brought into your family. 
I ask you to watch over me 
and let me feel the love you shower on me. 
I have been born again in baptism 
and long for the undying life you offer me. 
Help me to share this gift of faith 
you have bestowed on 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

I’m more of a dog person than a cat person. I don’t have any dogs so I live vicariously through others’ pet dogs. I feel admiration for those dogs that fearlessly bark at ominous looking strangers who approach their home. I feel delight when I see a dog playing with a new toy (“Oh, look at what Rover found. He’s having so much fun with his new toy”). And I feel embarrassed when I see a dog loudly barking at nothing or, worse, at a skunk. Dog watching elicits feelings of admiration, delight and embarrassment, sometimes all at once, sometimes from the same dog. I also feel this same odd mixture of feelings in another context.

Last Sunday, the Church welcomed the newest members of the Catholic Church in the Easter Vigil Mass. Often these new members of the Church possess the so-called “zeal of converts.” A 2007 Pew Poll showed that this zeal of converts really exists, with significantly more Catholic converts sharing their faith and views on God on a weekly basis than lifelong Catholics. The Church wisely recognizes this zeal in Canon Law, forbidding neophytes from being ordained priests until they have been grounded in their new identities as Catholics (in other words, don’t decide anything rash in your zeal).

As a cradle Catholic, I often find myself feeling admiration, delight and embarrassment when I see the zeal of these new converts. I sometimes admire the zeal of these converts, especially when they share their faith journey with others. I sometimes delight in their enthusiasm as I see them joyfully relate to their new friend Jesus. But I also admit to feeling embarrassed as well. Do they have to be so over-the-top with their zeal and enthusiasm? Can’t they simply “shut-up” for one minute and give me some peace and quiet? Don’t they understand that no one wants to hear about Jesus right now?

The zeal of the converts challenges me to live a more evangelical life. Am I like the religious leaders who try to silence the enthusiasm of Peter and John? Or do I relate more with Peter and John who refuse to be silenced: “It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard.” Perhaps I’m like the Eleven who refused to believe the Good News? Or I am like Mary Magdalene who first shared the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection?

The Lord has risen. Inspired by the zeal of the newest members of the Church let us “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

by John Shea, S.J.
Creighton University's Biology Department
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