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

Be present to your family, O Lord, we pray,
and graciously ensure
those you have endowed with the grace of faith
an eternal share in the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son.

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: 

Everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day, says the Lord.

Philip goes to Samaria and preaches the word and it is received with great joy.

Jesus invites us not only to see him but to believe in him.
It is God
's will that he not lose anyone who comes to him.

Today, we can find joy in the comfort of his presence with us now
and the promise of our being raised up on the last day.

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Intercessions: 

Christ was given up for our sins and rose again to make us righteous. Let us cry out to him, saying:

Save us, Lord, by your victory.

Christ our Savior, in conquering death you brought us joy, in rising again you raised us up and filled us with the abundance of your gifts,
- stir up our hearts, and sanctify this day through the gift of your Holy Spirit.

You are glorified by the angels in heaven and adored by mankind on earth; 
- as we celebrate your resurrection, accept our worship in spirit and in truth.

Lord Jesus, save us; show your great mercy to your people, as we look forward to our own resurrection,
- have mercy on us, and protect us today from every evil.

King of glory, source of our life, grant that, when you come again,
- we may be one with you in glory.  

 

Closing Prayer: 

Jesus, Lord and brother,
in my Easter joy, 
I want more than to just be aware of you in my life.
I want to believe in your presence at my side.
I feel blessed with an abundance of your gifts
and your promise of being raised on the last day.

Help me to be like the your early followers
and, even when I am scattered, 
to have my life be an example 
of your word at work in today's world.
Thank you for the great mercy you show us.

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

“Now those who had been scattered went about preaching the word.” Acts

 On the morning that my father died, all six of his children went to work.  We remembered that he had always told us: “No matter what happens, you have to feed the cows.” So in Dad’s honor, we each did our duty that day.

I think of that day as I meditate on the seemingly matter-of-fact way that the early Christians responded to death and persecution. No matter what happened, God’s work had to be done. So they did it.

I picture these heroic early Christians as normal people who never sought martyrdom. They had families, homes and jobs. They were carpenters, farmers, homemakers and fishermen. But their lives were never the same after the Word touched them and Saul entered their houses to turn them over to the authorities for imprisonment. Afterwards, they picked up the pieces and went back to preaching.

How many of us can imagine being that brave and persistent on behalf of our faith? 

Have I ever disrupted my life in the slightest to spread the Word? Would I have the courage to proclaim my beliefs in the face of hostility or would I quietly slink away and wait for the furor to pass? I squirm as I ask myself these questions because I’m not proud of the answers.

This passage from Acts reminds us that Easter is a season not only of rejoicing but also of challenge. Has it transformed us as it did the first Christians? Can we do just one little thing today to show that living the Word is a routine part of our daily duties like our personal version of “feeding the cows?”

by Eileen Wirth
Creighton University's Journalism, Media, and Computing Department
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