““It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” 

 
O God, who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
grant your people constancy in faith and hope,
that we may never doubt the promises
which we have learned from you.

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: 

“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God.” Acts 14

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. John 14

Jesus' going away gift to us is his own peace.
And, he gives us a peace the world can't give us.

In reflecting today, we can ask for the grace to be freed 
from whatever troubles us or makes us afraid.
We can express our desire not to let our hearts give power to anything that disturbs us.
We can open up, with a growing Easter desire, to receive and live in his peace.
Only with that peace, and with hearts full of courage,
can we reach out to those who are troubled and afraid,
to share with them the peace we have received.

Christ had to suffer and to rise from the dead,
and so enter into his glory. Luke 24

Intercessions: 

By his own power Christ raised up the temple of his body when it had been destroyed in death. With joy let us ask him:

Lord, share with us the fruits of your victory.

Christ our Savior, when you rose again you brought to the holy women and the apostles the joyful news of a world redeemed,
- make us witnesses to your risen life.

You promised to all people that we would rise up again to newness of life,
- make us heralds of your Gospel.

You showed yourself to your apostles and breathed the Holy Spirit on them,
- renew in us the presence of the same creator Spirit.

You promised to be with your disciples to the end of the world,
- stay with us today, and remain with us always. 

Closing Prayer: 

God who gives me eternal life,
What I need this day more than anything, is your peace.
You are clear: it is not peace that the world gives me,
temporary and un-real.
You offer me the peace that lets my heart
be untroubled and without fear.

Your early disciples had so many challenges,
yet filled their lives with joy, 
and strengthened the spirits of your followers.
Give me the courage and joy to spread your word as they did.

Give me your peace.

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

History is full of great farewell addresses; from George Washington’s printed farewell address announcing he would not seek a third term to Lou Gehrig’s “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth” speech, to name but a few.  Farewell speeches often crystalize the moment and put a focus on the here and now as well as a glimpse into the future.  But the greatest farewell address of all time was given almost two centuries ago by Jesus.  In his farewell address at the Last Supper before his upcoming betrayal by Judas, Jesus provides us with two of the most comforting thoughts about the here and now and about our future that are found in the Bible.

The first is in his the phrase, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you,” is rich with meaning.  To me, the peace that Christ left his disciples was not peace of mind, peace and quiet, to rest in peace or keeps the peace.  No, it was much deeper.  For the peace Jesus gave his disciples and likewise to each of us was the peace that passes all understanding.  A peace that allows us to conquer all of our fears worries and anguish because we know that God’s love is with us always.  Peace, knowing that the hand of God is constantly on our shoulder; helping us, guiding us and supporting us whenever we feel the need to call upon him.  So in times of stress, tension and turmoil remember the great inheritance Christ left us through these powerful words, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

Equally as powerful are the words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, I am going away and I will come back to you.” This was Jesus’s promise made during the Last Supper to reassure his disciples, to give them a glimpse of his future and theirs, that even though he was about to be crucified he would not be forsaking them and he would return.  Today, these words resonate with me at funerals for they remind and assure me that I should not be troubled by the death of my friend or a loved one but rather rejoice in knowing that they are the beneficiary of this great promise made in the Upper Room for they are now with Christ and are sharing in the promise of eternal glory. 

So, as we find time in this hectic world to gather our thoughts and reflect on our day take great comfort in these words for they are God’s assurance that we are enveloped in his constant love and peace and that He will be there for us in the end.

by Steve Scholer
Creighton University's Development Department
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