“It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.” 

Grant us, Lord, we pray,
that, being rightly conformed to the paschal mysteries,
what we celebrate in joy
may protect and save us with perpetual power.

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 the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities. Acts 15

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15

The command of Jesus is not a new law.
He is asking us to experience his love and to let it fill our hearts so that
we will love others with that same love.
He is asking us to learn how to love from him.
He is asking us to love with compassion, mercy, and self-sacrificing surrender.

We can reflect today on how we can better accept and give thanks for his love.
Grateful people are generous people.
We can ask for the grace to replace much of this struggle inside of our hearts
with a grateful treasuring of his love for us.

Then, we can ask today, to love those closest to us and those most in need,
with Jesus' style of love.

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you: love one another. John 15



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: 

Lord, it is the joy in my heart this season
that allows me to be open to your boundless love.
I know that you choose me to be your friend
and to have a real and loving relationship with me.

You say we should "love one another as I have loved you."
I did not understand that before, but now I see 
that you ask that I love others without limits,
without judgement and in the same generous way you love.
That is how I can love as you love - but only with your help.
Thank you for laying down your life for me.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Jesus said to his disciples: “This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:12-13.

One of the treasures that has come into my life since converting to Catholicism in 2002 has been  getting to know our brothers and sisters in Christ that have gone before us, the Saints. Today is no exception.  Saint Catherine of Siena has been a wonderful role model for me.  Through her life, we have the opportunity to witness what it looks like to love as Jesus loves.  Throughout her short life, she lived serving others humbly.  She helped the poor and the ill both in hospitals and homes. 

I have worked in Creighton’s College of Nursing for 15 years, and have looked to St. Catherine as our Patronage Saint for sick people, sicknesses and nurses.  St. Catherine became very near and dear to my heart when I went through my training in an Omaha hospital in the role of Chaplain.  It was my desire to love others as Jesus loves us.  One evening I was on-call at the hospital and was paged early in the shift.  “Mary” had presented in the emergency room and her diagnosis was that she only had a few hours before she would die. 

Her family started to call family and friends and the rest of the evening was spent saying good-bye.  After arriving to the room and speaking with Mary and her family, I asked the family if it would be meaningful for them to pray.  I then learned that they did not want prayers and they were agnostic.  Throughout the evening before Mary’s passing, I remained present for Mary and her family and of course respected their wishes of no prayers.  I loved Mary and her family as Jesus loved them.

After Mary passed, Mary’s husband called for me.  He wanted to visit with me about my faith.  We had a meaningful conversation in which he shared the pains he has had experienced throughout his life with God.  He thanked me for my service to Mary and her family that evening.

God is love.  God doesn’t choose certain people to love.  God loves all of us.  Unconditionally.

Saint Catherine of Siena was also called to intervene in the social and political tensions of her time.  Her advice to the people and clergy was that renewal could come through love for God.  She wrote many letters hoping to reach those in authority begging for peace.  Her example remains relevant for us today in our time of social and political tension.  We need to focus on how Jesus loves and bring that to the world.

St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.

by Jan Schnack
Creighton University's Nursing Dean's Office
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