“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

O God, who in the font of Baptism
have made new those who believe in you,
keep safe those reborn in Christ,
that, defeating every onslaught of error,
they may faithfully preserve the grace of your blessing.

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 Feast of St. Mark

Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

The gospel for Saturday of the Third Week of Easter lets us see 
that some found Jesus' message tough to swallow.
Peter says they won't leave, because Jesus alone has the words of everlasting life.

This year we celebrate the Feast of St. Mark on this day.

We can close this week reflecting on our desire for a missionary zeal,
the joy Pope Francis calls "evangelical joy."
Our faith, seen in our joy, can become 
contagious,
and a sign for others.
We ask for this grace of deep joy at this time in the Easter Season.

How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me? Psalm 116

 

Intercessions: 

Christ is the bread of life; he will raise up on the last day all who share the table of his word and his body. In our joy let us pray:

Lord, give us peace and joy.

Son of God, you were raised from the dead to lead us into life,
- bless and sanctify all the children of your Father.

You give peace and joy to all who believe in you,
- grant that we may walk as children of the light, rejoicing in your victory.

Build up the faith of your pilgrim Church on earth,
- that it may bear witness to your resurrection before the whole world.

You suffered and so entered into the glory of the Father,
- change the tears of the sorrowful into joy. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God,
You have made us into new people by our baptism. 
We are reborn in Christ!

Yet all too often, I live independently of you.
You urge me to cast aside my worries and fears and to trust in you.
And, it is only when I trust in you with all of my heart
that I can really say, "Lord, where else would I go?
You alone have the words of eternal life."
Then, I receive your great peace and 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

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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