“The word of God continued to spread and grow.” 

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that, celebrating the mysteries of the Lord’s Resurrection,
we may merit to receive the joy of our redemption.

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 word of God continued to spread and grow. Acts 12

I came into the world as light,
so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. John 12

Jesus is our light in many ways.
He helps us to see in the darkness which confuses us and trips us up
and which so often causes us to lose our way.
He also reveals the Father to us because when we see Jesus, he tells us,
we see the one who sent him.

Our Easter meditation can invite us to pray for the grace to stay in his light.
And, we can ask that his light shine in those areas of darkness 
which we sometimes hide from his light.
We can ask that, with the Spirit of new life we have received,
we might be light for others who long for the light of Christ in their lives.
Sometimes, this is the grace to be a light in our our family, among our friends,
within our city and our world.

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
whoever follows me will have the light of life. John 8

 

Intercessions: 

By the gift of the Father, the risen Christ was seen by the apostles. Let us pray to the Father, and say:

Give us, Lord, the glory of your Son.

Father of lights, today we offer you our thanks and praise for calling us into your marvelous light,
- to receive your mercy.

May the efforts of mankind to make the world more human,
- be purified and strengthened by the power of your Spirit.

May we be so dedicated to the service of others,
- that the whole human family may become a pleasing sacrifice in your honor.

At the dawn of a new day, fill us with your mercy,
- that the whole day may be a day of joy and praise.

Closing Prayer: 

God of Light,
I pray to do more than simply follow your light.
I want to stay in that light toward which you draw me. 
May I shine your loving grace on those in the darkness.

The disciples believed in you
and laid their hands as they sent each other off
to spread the work of your gospel to the world.
Thank you for calling me into your light and truth.
Fill me with mercy for those on the margins
that my life, and theirs, may be one of joy and praise.

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 Acts of the Apostles is one of my favorite books in the New Testament and in the entire Bible. Its practical nature, with its almost journalistic flavor, appeals to my communications mindset and fills in so many details of the early days of Christianity to feed my faith.

Today’s short reading (Acts 12:24—13:5A) is not even a particularly memorable reading, other than the fact that it demonstrates further the inspiration of the Holy Spirt in anointing Barnabas and Saul (Paul) to proclaim the word of God. Yet, I am drawn to the final passage: “So they, sent forth by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and from there sailed to Cyprus. When they arrived in Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues.”

I know some people who are from Cyprus and I can imagine that many times they have traveled by boat in the Mediterranean Sea to or from their island country, or from one part of Cyprus to the other. It is a beautiful country and I am sure the Mediterranean was just as breathtaking when Paul and Barnabas sailed as it is today on a sunny day. I picture my friends getting on a ship in Cyprus today and it makes me reflect on how we do not know, for certain, what we will find or learn, or who we will encounter, when we embark on a journey, even if we have specific goals, and neither did these two followers of Jesus. Paul and Barnabas didn’t understand the impact their work, their labor of love and devotion, would have on the world. In fact, they did not have a clue. They simply did what they felt God was leading them to do.

What more can anyone do? Pray, fast occasionally, and then go do. Listen to the Spirit as you go, as best you can, and do your best to fulfill what you believe you are called to do. God asks nothing more from us, except to leave the results of our actions up to God. 

by Cindy Murphy McMahon
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