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

God is trustworthy! 

The Psalm for today is the focus for reflection on this key component of our faith.  The selection begins with the response “the Lord hears the cry of the poor,” which also follows each stanza.  To me there seem to be two messages about trust here that are worth thinking about.  One is about the faithfulness of those who trust and call upon God.  The other is about the faithfulness of God to deliver us.  God is trustworthy!  When we trust in God, that is when our faith is strongest.  The fruits of that trust are obedience and repentance.  The blessings of that trust are God’s deliverance, justice, and saving grace.  

But why the continual reference to the “cry of the poor” when considering our relationship of trust with God?  Perhaps thinking of ourselves as poor, even if we aren’t materially poor, is a good way to place ourselves in an attitude of obedience and repentance.  It takes trust on our part to recognize that we need God.  A lot of people don’t trust God because they don’t think they need God.  But no matter who we are, we are without our own self-sufficiency and in need of God’s benevolence…..not just to meet our material needs, but our spiritual needs.  We are spiritually poorly clothed, homeless, and hungry in the eyes of God when we desperately seek refuge in the Lord for our troubles…and we all have plenty of troubles.  But the Lord hears us out of that poverty.  We are distressed by the evil that surrounds us when we cry out to the Lord to save us.  And the Lord hears us and rescues us from weakness.  And the greatest poverty we experience is when we are lost, alone and brokenhearted in this world.  Our spirits are so easily crushed to emptiness.  But the Lord comes to us and delivers us from this poverty of spirit.  The Psalm response today assures us that we can trust that the Lord hears the cry of the poor….we poor things….lost, alone, empty, guilty, frightened, brokenhearted, and in so many ways, in dire distress.  But in all of these instances of our poverty, God is trustworthy. 

As people of God we should pray with gratitude often each day, “God is trustworthy.”

by Barbara Dilly 
Creighton University's Sociology and Anthropology Department
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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