“We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you” 

O God, author of our freedom and of our salvation,
listen to the voice of our pleading
and grant that those you have redeemed
by the shedding of your Son’s Blood
may have life through you
and, under your protection,
rejoice forever unharmed.

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: 

We ourselves are proclaiming this good news to you
that what God promised our fathers
he has brought to fulfillment for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. Acts 13

Do not let your hearts be troubled. 
You have faith in God; have faith also in me. 
In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. John 14

Jesus tells his disciples, and us, that he goes to prepare a place for us
and that he will come and bring us there. 
So, we can be freed from all that troubles our hearts.
If only we could trust his promise and live in it each day.

Thomas' question is ours: We often don't know the way.
Today we can reflect on Jesus' response:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. 
No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 13

 

Intercessions: 

God the Father raised up Christ through the Spirit, and will also raise up our mortal bodies. Let us cry out to him:

Lord, raise us to life through your Holy Spirit.

All-holy Father, you accepted the holocaust of your Son in raising him from the dead,
- accept the offering we make today, and lead us to eternal life.

Look with favor on all we do today,
- that it may be for your glory and the sanctification of the world.

May our work today not be in vain but for the good of the whole world,
- and through it lead us to your kingdom.

Open our eyes today to recognize our brothers and sisters, and our hearts to love them,
- so that we may love and serve each other. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving Jesus, you ask me to trust in you.
You tell me you have a place for me.
But, sometimes, like Thomas, 
I don't know how to get to that place,
and fear enters my heart.
Then I hear your warm voice telling me
not to let my heart be troubled or afraid.

Give me the wisdom to trust in you.
Help me to open my eyes to my brothers and sisters,
so when I return to the place you are preparing,
there will be room for us all.

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

A few years ago, when I was in training to become a priest, I remember a talk given by a dynamic nun who spoke about her work amongst the tribal people of North India. As this petite lady went around on her bicycle conscientizing the poor marginalized villagers about their rights, she incurred the wrath of powerful and wealthy landlords who opposed anyone disturbing the status quo. Even when the threats to her life came, she continued her advocacy. There was an inner power that gave her the strength and courage to face her fears and passionately reach out to the people she was missioned to help.

This Easter season, we have been reading about the acts of the Holy Spirit who works in marvelous ways. As we continue reading Luke’s story of Paul’s mission to the nations, we see the Spirit working in their preaching and in the conversions that take place. Paul and Barnabas are commissioned for missionary service to Antioch (Jerusalem is no longer the center of the Church’s mission). The Holy Spirit empowers them to be prophetic witnesses of Jesus. Paul tells the devout, God-fearing Jews that God’s word of salvation has been sent to them and explains that the inhabitants of Jerusalem and their leaders failed to recognize Jesus as the Savior. They rejected him and put him to death, thus “fulfilling the oracles of the prophets that are read Sabbath after Sabbath.” But God has overturned this evil, raised Jesus from the dead, and fulfilled the promise he made to their ancestors. Paul—who was party to this same Jewish leadership—now filled with the Holy Spirit, witnesses to the risen Christ.

This is my prayer today: Lord, in witnessing to your Son, Jesus, I have neither the courage of the little nun nor the ability to persuade others as Paul could. Make me aware of your Spirit coursing through my veins so that my thoughts, words, and deeds may witness to the love of Christ in my life. Amen.

by Roland Coelho, S.J.
Creighton University's Graduate School
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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