“The bread that I will give is my Flesh for the life of the world.”

Almighty ever-living God,
let us feel your compassion more readily
during these days when, by your gift,
we have known it more fully,
so that those you have freed from the darkness of error
may cling more firmly to the teachings of your truth.

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: 

The bread that I will give
is my Flesh for the life of the world.

Philip opens the scriptures for the Ethiopian eunuch, and he is baptized.
The good news is spreading to the ends of the earth!

Jesus further reveals how he is bread which gives life.
The bread, the food, he gives us is his very self-giving love.
His death itself - the gift of his flesh for us - is the life of the world.

This is a great day to taste and give thanks for this great gift of Jesus for us.

Whoever believes has eternal life.

 

Intercessions: 

Christ rose from the dead and is always present in his Church. Let us adore him and say:

Stay with us, Lord.

Lord, Jesus, victor over sin and death, glorious and immortal,
- be always in our midst. 

Come to us in the power of your victory,
- and show our hearts the loving kindness of your Father.

Come to heal a world wounded by division,
- for you alone can transform our hearts and make them one.

Strengthen our faith in final victory:
- and renew our hope in your second coming. 
 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God,
When I am freed from the darkness into the Easter light,
I want to
 cling more than ever to your teachings, your truth.
I can feel your compassi
on touch my life and 
I know you invite me to 
live out my baptism, rejoicing. 
Let me proclaim your truth 
as I travel through my daily life.
Transform my heart, strengthen my faith
and renew my hope as I beg you 
to stay with me, Lord, in everything I do.

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

The readings today identify Jesus as the fulfillment of salvation history. The passage from the Acts of the Apostles presents the call of Philip to bring an understanding of Scripture to the Ethiopian. The Gospel shows Jesus as the Bread of Life. It follows in the same chapter as the miracles of the multiplication of the loaves and of Jesus walking on water. Both are passages that focus on bringing clarification. The Psalm centers on thanksgiving for deliverance at the hands of God.

My experiences these days leave me with a sense of turmoil. Civil discourse has given way to conflict and threats. I like to imagine a world where God’s activity is easily identifiable, even if I am not looking for it. Unfortunately, in the current moment I seldom feel this is the case. I want to live in a world where I can have an unwavering trust in Divine Providence and prayers are routinely seen as answered. I want to live in culture of trust and respect. I want to be in an environment where if my faith weakens it is quickly restored. The imperfect world in which I live seems in some ways to find parallels in the world of that first Easter season. There is hope when faith is strong and there is doubt when it is not. That period between the first Easter and Pentecost was a time when the first Christians also suffered with fear and questioning until they had a set of clear-cut signs (those of the kind that I desire). Jesus was with them again, but often they did not recognize him. They were worried and concerned about the events that had transpired in the world in which they lived. The Easter season is often portrayed as the time of salvation and renewal. For me, and for many of those in the early Church, I do not think this is (or was) the necessarily case. When I am able to recognize God’s hand in what is happening I find moments of great consolation, but this is a faith that is subject my perceptions and my moodiness. I look forward to another feast that is still a month away. I find myself more grateful for the gift of the Spirit. I find (like many of those in the early Church) it is through the experience of Pentecost that I better recognize and can hold in my heart that which the Easter season brings.

My prayer today is in anticipation of a better recognition of the gifts and joy of the current season.

Dear Lord,
Your gifts are many, but my attention span is short.
Your Son changed the world and brought us new hope.
Still I fail, I become discouraged, and I forget.
I am weak on my own, but Your Spirit renews my heart and soul.
I pray for the understanding of salvation history that we find in Acts.
I pray for the sense of deliverance that we find in the Psalm.
I pray for the confidence in the future that we find in the Gospel.

by Mike Cherney
Creighton University's Physics Department
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