It is I. Do not be afraid.

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

O God, who willed that through the paschal mysteries
the gates of mercy should stand open for your faithful,
look upon us and have mercy,
that as we follow, by your gift, the way you desire for us,
so may we never stray from the paths of life.
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: 

Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you.

It is I. Do not be afraid.

As a prelude to what Jesus will tell us about the bread that gives life, we have this scene of a storm at sea.
The message for us in the beginning of this Easter Season: "Do not be afraid" even when you are 
"in a storm" and "at sea." 
As the Prayer says, Jesus is offering us the path of life. Our sins are forgiven.
We can reflect on how we are invited to surrender our fears and place our trust in the mercy and new life
we have received. We can ask how the enemy gets in the way of our trust, our joy and our freedom.

The Apostles appoint seven from their group to care for the widows, to ensure they are not neglected.
We can reflect upon what ways we need to ensure those most in need are not neglected.

.Lord, let your mercy be on us as we place our trust in you.

 

Intercessions: 

Christ has made known to us the life that lasts for ever. With faith and joy let us cry out to him, saying:

Lord, may your resurrection bring us the riches of your grace.

Eternal shepherd, look on your flock as it rises from sleep, 
- feed us with the word of life and the bread from heaven.

Keep us safe from wolf and hireling, 
- and make us faithful in listening to your voice.

You are present to all who preach your Gospel, and give power to their words, 
- make us today preachers of your resurrection by our holiness of life.

Be our great joy that no one can take from us, 
- so that we may reject sin with its sadness, and reach out to eternal life. 

 

Closing Prayer: 

Creator God, I count on the mercy in your loving gaze.
I can be unreliable in my faith and I need your mercy daily.
Too often, like the apostles, 
I think I can make it through storms and challenges alone,
afraid of your presence in my life.
Thank you for the ways you are always in my life, whether I notice or not.
Help me to reflect on those who are neglected or in need
and may my life be a way to preach your Ressurection without words.
Be my great and unshakable joy.

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 passage from John is significant, as it appears in all four Gospels.  The basic premise is that Jesus meets all our needs, even our most basic ones.  In our land where bounty abounds, it can be easy to overlook the miracle Jesus performs in John’s Gospel.  The people have followed Jesus and are hungry, without access to food or drink.  It’s hard for many of us to imagine what it would be like to in a remote space… at least it is for me. 

In this passage, Jesus teaches the disciples, members of the crowd and us, the readers, how we are to embrace our life as creatures: take what is placed before us, give thanks, and share the bounty.  This simple recipe is not only one to be used during the act of eating, but can also serve us in all our activities. 

What strikes me most about this passage in all the Gospels, is Jesus’ effort to welcome everyone and to ensure that everyone has their fill.  Jesus teaches that there is always room for one more.  I witnessed this value of hospitality and welcome during my time living and studying in the Dominican Republic as a Creighton student and during my time as a Cap Corps volunteer in Managua, Nicaragua.  While in both of these countries, I was welcomed into homes, extended food and drink, and invited to participate in sacred family celebrations (birthdays, quincineras, weddings, etc.).  Though the families were often of pocos recoursos (few resources), they readily welcomed me into their homes, often with a cup of warm coffee and traditional food.  Regardless of how many people were present, there was always room for one more and true belief that community would grow in the division of resources.  This demonstration of love and care for the other, truly impacted me, as it provided a significant contrast to the U.S. culture, which teaches the principle of scarcity. 

From the author of John, we learn, if we choose to walk with Christ, our lives will be filled with abundance, in ways we likely cannot predict.  This passage is an important reminder that we are not in control of our lives; rather, we are creatures and dependent on God for our needs.  It also highlights the importance of community and the responsibility we have, in Christ, to provide for our brothers and sisters.  It is in sharing that we bring the body of Christ to fulfillment here on earth. 

As we continue in this Easter season, let us pray for our eyes to opened to recognize our brothers and sisters in need and to bring our needs to Christ, who can provide us with the ultimate nourishment: agape love.

by Kate Macan
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