“Heaven and earth are full of your glory.” 

 
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that, as we celebrate in mystery
the solemnities of your Son’s Resurrection,
so, too, we may be worthy
to rejoice at his coming with all the Saints.

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: 

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

We ask to "be worthy to rejoice at his coming."

In Athens, Paul receives a cold reception when he speaks of Jesus' resurrection.

Jesus promises that the Holy Spirit is a spirit of truth and will guide us,
leading us "to all truth."

As we reflect today, we can ask for the grace to trust in 
the guidance of the Holy Spirit for our lives.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.
But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth." John 16

 

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: 

My brother, Jesus,
The ancient words give me
 joy and strength:
"In him we live and move and have our being."
I know that I live in you and you give life and breath to everything.
Your Spirit inspires me to seek God and search for you
groping and finding you.

In my seeking for you, I want to offer thanks and praise 
for being called into the light of your mercy.
May my life today be dedicated to serving others
and may my day be one of joy and praise to you.

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

“Rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.” Acts 17:25

I am fond of seeing my work as a physician as important and holy, necessary and integral. Take for example, times that patients go into cardiac arrest in the hospital setting. I have been trained to calmly and efficiently lead the medical team in the decisions that give our patient the best chance at survival. In the few situations where we succeed and the patient has a great outcome, I proudly tell my family that I “helped save” a patient’s life today. And yet, God does not needme.

It’s God that gives life to everything. That anyone thinks he or she has the power to give or take away life is an absurd insult to the might of God. We see this ever-present in our culture of death. Somehow we have bastardized our view of life so much that we have coronated ourselves as powerful enough to determine whom is worthy of life in the death penalty. We have become so arrogant and far from the understanding that life comes from and goes to God that we have granted mothers the “right” to abort the lives of their own pre-born babies. We have even deemed ourselves worthy of determining when our own lives should end in physician-assisted suicide laws. During an election season in the U.S. we hear all the misguided slogans (“Her body, her choice”, etc.) that claim to understand life. Listen for them and you will hear it all around you.

After recognizing our haughtiness regarding the power to give and end life, it’s almost as though the writer of Acts injects, “Oh you silly people…rather it is he who gives to everyone life and breath and everything.” As a physician, this is hard to grasp. I love the scientific method and new, elegant discoveries in medicine. Hence, it’s difficult for me to admit our limitations. And yet, we are ever so limited. There are times in the hospital when I firmly grasp my incapacity to help, my inability to ease the pain or suffering of my patients or their families.

God is not served by human hands because he needs it. We are created out of his abundant love and made for that very purpose, to know God, love God, and serve God. As a Type A physician, I struggle with the idea that I cannot contribute. God does not need me.

Rather, God gives me the beautiful and humbling responsibility to care for his children now and again. So yes, his work through me is vital, but to presume that I am integral to that equation is conceited and unfounded. I should see my work as a blessing. How often do I find myself complaining about that blessing?

God also offers me something much deeper than needing me. Desire. God wants me. I don’t experience that very often in my career. It’s not often patients want to see me. Residency is brutal, depressing, and thankless. And yet God is so very different. I get to glimpse some of that difference in my fiancé. Sure, Sarah needs me in some ways, but more importantly she wants me.

Together let’s ponder the ways that we inadvertently pretend that we, rather than God, are the determinants of “life and breath and everything”. Join me in striving to recognize that even though he does not need us, the work that God gives us to do is actually him blessing us with the opportunity to serve him.

by Sam Pierre
Creighton University's Alegent Creighton Hospital
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