“A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.” 

 
O God, who made your people
partakers in your redemption,
grant, we pray,
that we may perpetually render thanks
for the Resurrection of the Lord.

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: 

A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.

Amen, Amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. John 16

We give God thanks for allowing us to be partners in our redemption.
And we look forward to celebrating the gift of life, forever.

Today we can ask for the grace to experience the joy 
which Jesus promises us,
in a world that does not see or know the freedom
and eternal life he has won for us.

One night in a vision the Lord said to Paul, 
“Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent,
for I am with you." Acts 18

Intercessions: 

The Lord has been lifted high above the earth and draws all things to himself. 
Let us cry out to him in our joy:

Lord Jesus, you are the King of glory.

Lord Jesus, King of glory, you were offered once as the victim for sins, and ascended to the right hand of the Father,
- make perfect for all time those whom you sanctify.

Eternal Priest and minister of the new Covenant, you live for ever to make intercession for us,
- save the people that prays to you.

You showed yourself alive after your passion and appeared to the disciples for forty days,
- confirm our faith today.

Today you promised the Spirit to your apostles, to make them your witnesses to the ends of the earth,
- by the power of the Spirit strengthen our own witness. 

Closing Prayer: 

My heart is filled with joy, Loving God
as I sing your praise.
You have done such wonders in my life
and made me a part of your redemption.

Sing your song in me today, my God
and guide me in the darkness
when I do not see you with me.
Strengthen my faith and my witness of you
as I wait to see you in my life again.

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

During these liturgical days after Easter, we have been walking slowly and meditatively through John’s account of the graduation talk Jesus gave to His disciples the night of His arrest.  The Gospel for today’s Eucharistic celebration is kind of a little Hide and Seek, or “Now you see it and now you don’t.”   It can sound like Jesus’ playing with the minds and imaginations of His disciples.  Apparently the writer of this Gospel  is aware of communal-questioning during the times of Jesus ministry and especially after His death and even after His Resurrection.

Two conflictual ideas catch the minds and hearts of His listeners.  “A little while” and “A little while after,”  forces the disciples to murmur among themselves.  Then they hear that they are going to lament, but then rejoice.  The writer sets up a question-and-answer tension whose resolution will come clearer in the days and weeks to come.  The big idea here is that the faith of the disciples is going to be challenged as they experience the passion of Jesus.  They have very good questions and want to know. Doesn’t everybody?

The “world” will rejoice for a “little while” as the disciples are dejected and ashamed.  The disciples will then regain their joy, but at the time of their hearing these words, they want to know now!  And they want to know definitely!   Jesus is not playing a word-game with His little community.  He is preparing them to face gracefully their human desire for clarity and comfort.  They hear about how everything is going to turn out for their best interests, but that seems more a promise than an absolutely confirmed prediction.

The disciples are asking about just how long is a ‘little while” and how long will there be sorrows and lamenting. They have been with Jesus all these years and they still have such good questions. The good question is about whether or not they are trusting when they have good questions.  The “perfect” disciple would not have murmured, questioned.   Ah, well is that actually accurate?  The “perfect” disciple was then and is now a real person, not a real angel or robot.  The “perfect” disciples were there that night and into the next days. They heard, they pondered, they reflected and so experienced doubts and fears about these “little whiles” and little “lamentings”.  There must be doubts and fears if faith is to be real.

Next week, here at Creighton University, a wonderful collection of women and men will graduate and move on. I have been privileged to accompany many of them this past year.  Check this out!  They have a good education, many options, confidence in their gifts, and they are terrified.  Most have a deep faith in a loving God Who has blessed them, but they are terrified!  They have asked each other and have asked their faculty and advisers; they have consulted with our Vocational Opportunity Department and even with me, about the answers for which the disciples of Jesus are asking this night of their graduation.  I think those blue gowns they will wear are just meant to cover their knocking-knees.

There are no answers to the questions about our futures. Everything seems a “little while” within which we want clarity and the security of answers.  Even when answers arrive, they lead only to further future knockings.   The “little while” for these disciples ended in the “rejoicing” of the Resurrection.  This in turn resulted in their personal invitations to go beyond the paralysis of fears to the freedom of faith. They never did and we will never, have the security which would make faith a farce.

by Larry Gillick, S.J.
Creighton University's Deglman Center for Ignation Spirituality
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