“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that we, who have come to know
the grace of the Lord's Resurrection,
may, through the love of the Spirit,
ourselves rise to newness 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: 

I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood,
remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.

Paul's conversion - his experience of meeting the Risen Lord - is beautiful.
He would never forget that Jesus identified himself with his people, whom Paul was persecuting.

The people misunderstand and Jesus again explains.
He invites us to an even deeper understanding of himself as the Bread that gives life.

We can pray today in growing gratitude for the gift of his Body and Blood,
broken and poured out for us,
real food and drink for our communion with him.
We can ask for the grace to receive the Eucharist with more devotion and gratitude.

The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.

 

Intercessions: 

Let us pray to God the Father, who gave us new life through the risen Christ:

Give us the glory of your Son.

Lord our God, your mighty works have revealed your eternal plan: you created the earth, and you are faithful in every generation,
- hear us, Father of mercy.

Purify our hearts with your truth, and guide them in the way of holiness,
- so that we may do what is pleasing in your sight.

Let your face shine upon us,
- that we may be freed from sin and filled with your plenty.

You gave the apostles the peace of Christ,
- grant peace to your people, and to the whole world. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God,
I sometimes get lost as I follow your Way.
Help me to regain my sight
and be filled by your Spirit.
Give me the courage to spread your good news
to the whole world.
Let me receive your bread 
with an awareness that this sacred food 
will give me life, if only I trust enough to accept it. 

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

We are perhaps awestruck by the spectacular way the Lord encountered Paul, yet that unique way may not be the most spectacular aspect of the encounter. To me its most striking feature is that it happened while Paul was still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord [first reading], not unlike Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman, a rather promiscuous woman at the time of the encounter. Still Jesus chooses that woman to proclaim his message to the town folks and he chooses Paul to proclaim his message to the Gentile world. Being encountered by the Lord meant for them being missioned by the Lord.

In a less spectacular way we too are encountered by the Lord daily. It is true that we do make the baptismal celebration somewhat spectacular, after all it is a celebration. And yet, at least in the case of a baby’s baptism, it is only in some seminal way that an encounter takes place at that moment. Certainly God does encounter us in the sacrament of baptism, but it takes years before a baptized baby is capable of corresponding and encountering God.

Every daily encounter, which takes place differently from day to day and from person to person, is a daily being missioned as Paul was, as the Samaritan woman was. Not in a spectacular way, rather while we are “minding our own business,” as Paul and the Samaritan woman were “minding their own business”.

Today’s response to Psalm 177 is: Go out to all the world and proclaim the good news. At the end of every mass the presider tells the congregation: The mass is ended, go; this particular encounter is completed, you are now being missioned to proclaim the Lord with your lives. It is precisely in the very ordinariness of our lives, while we are “minding our own business,” that we are called and missioned to proclaim the Lord, not necessarily with words, although they are by no means excluded, but certainly with the witness of our living. Not quite a matter of doing different things, but of doing things ─ “minding our own business” ─ differently.

by Luis Rodriguez, S.J.
Creighton University's Jesuit Community 
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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