Kindle the faith of your people!

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

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who have been renewed by paschal remedies,
transcending the likeness of our earthly parentage,
may be transformed in the image of our heavenly maker.

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: 

Blessed are all who take refuge in the Lord.

The Apostles continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit "and to speak the Word of God with boldness."

Now we go back into the Fourth Gospel and read about Jesus' meeting with Nicodemus.
I can be asking how my encounter with Jesus in this Easter time is a re-birth.
How is his Spirit renewing me, filling me and allowing me to be joyful and share that joy with new boldness?

The Paschal Myteries of celebrating his death and resurrection offer us remedies for our healing and 
help with our transformation so that our heart might be like his.

Today, we let our desiring be renewed.

If then you were raise with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Col 3:1

Intercessions: 

God the Father was glorified in the death and resurrection of his Son. Let us pray to him with confidence, saying:
Lord, enlighten our minds.

Father of lights, you bathed the world in splendor when Christ rose again in glory,
- fill our minds today with the light of faith.

Through the resurrection of your Son you opened for us the way to eternal life,
- as we work today sustain us with the hope of glory.

Through your risen son you sent the Holy Spirit into the world,
- set our hearts on fire with spiritual love.

May Jesus Christ, who was crucified to set us free,
- be today our salvation and redemption. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God,
I feel myself being renewed by your life,
yet I hesitate to upend my lfe.
Help me this day to speak with boldness
and take refuge in you.
Help me to trust that your Spirit
is in the wind that touches me each day
and remind me of the Easter joy
that gives me new strength to serve you. 

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, on this day after the first Sunday of Easter, we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation.  The feast was moved from March 25 (Good Friday this year) to today.  I thought about writing something about celebrating the Incarnation in the midst of the season of Resurrection but my heart gravitated more toward Mary and her “yes” to being the Mother of God.  A lot is written about Mary’s yes but what struck my heart today was the contemplation that I bet Mary said yes from her heart.  She didn’t say yes because someone told her to or because society implied she should.  There were no parents telling her what she was supposed to do.  Mary said yes from that knowing place within her.

I suppose this could have been my reflection today because I have been talking and thinking a lot lately about how much I live and do things out of my head because I hear a voice using words like “should” and “supposed to”.  I respond to these voices because I am afraid of what others will think or afraid of making a wrong decision or afraid of pain.  I am recognizing that when I respond from this place, I am responding out of fear, not love.  Mary responded out of love.  She responded from her heart.

Responding out of love can be challenging.  It takes courage. It can be counter-cultural.  It can be the political minority.  It can be lonely.  One might find themselves the lone voice of love in the crowd.  Responding from the heart can be hard.  But, can it be any harder than what Mary said yes to?

Today as we contemplate Mary’s yes, I invite a pause to notice when we respond from the heart and when do we respond from the head.  When do we respond out of love and when do we respond out of fear?  I hear an invitation for us to pray for courage to always respond from the heart.  Mary can show us the way.

by Amy Hoover
Creighton University's Retreat Center
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