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

 
O God, who restore us to eternal life
in the Resurrection of Christ,
raise us up, we pray, to the author of our salvation,
who is seated at your right hand,
so that, when our Savior comes again in majesty,
those you have given new birth in Baptism
may be clothed with blessed immortality.

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: 

I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything. John 16

We ask to be raised up and to be clothed with
"blessed immortality" to the "author of our salation."

Today we can ask for the growing desire to know
that joy Jesus promises - a joy no one can take away from us.
"Give me that joy, O Lord. I really want to be open to it and receive it."

And, let us ask for the grace to be enabled to share that joy with others.

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

 

Intercessions: 

Christ ascended into heaven to send the Holy Spirit on the apostles. 
Let us join with one voice in praising him and say:

Send us your Spirit

Lord Jesus, you ascended into heaven; send us the promise of the Father,
- that we may be clothed with power from on high.

Your disciples were to be as wise as serpents and as simple as doves,
- through your Spirit teach us prudence and simplicity.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father; pray for us as our Priest,
- and pray in us as our Head.

Grant that in every trial we may suffer with you,
- and so be glorified with you. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving Jesus,
You promise that I will see you again
and that my heart will rejoice.
Hold me close in my fears and give me the courage
to live my life openly as your witness.

You say to me: "Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you."
I ask that your presence in my life gives me the courage
to live out your gospel with my life
and to shout cries of gladness as my heart rejoices. 
I ask that in every trial in my life, I have the grace
to suffer with you and for 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

If I were singing Mass today, I would sing “Be Not Afraid.” I’m singing it right now. It might be the only song I sang at Mass, splitting out the verses for Entrance, Communion, and Closing.  It’s one of my favorite songs, and it fits so well with both the readings today.

Paul has a vision and is encouraged to continue to speak out, even though this was potentially dangerous. He was told, “Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.” And Paul does continue to speak despite the danger. He is brought to the tribunal for speaking against the law, but the proconsul will not hear the complaint against him. The song says, “You shall speak your words in foreign lands and all will understand.” The Lord had promised Paul that he would be protected and that there were friends in Corinth. The song says, “Be not afraid, I go before you always.”  If Paul was afraid, his fears were for naught. The Lord went before him and protected him.  Paul was speaking and teaching the truth and was protected from trial and persecution.

The Gospel is a little more complicated. The song says, “Blessed are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.” And Jesus tells his disciples,” Amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.” There is grief and sorrow. There is at least at first maybe reason to fear. But in the end, there is joy. Like the mother who suffers the pain of childbirth forgets the pain in the joy of her child, the disciples will forget their pain at the loss of Jesus when they are reunited with him. He returns briefly to the world, but he goes before them to heaven where they will be reunited for eternity. He goes before us always to prepare the way for us. There are many separations in this world that make us weep and mourn. There are things here that are frightening. But our faith in the Lord will protect us in the long run. When we see the Lord, our pain will be forgotten and we will rejoice and no one can take that joy from us.

by Tamora Whitney
Creighton University's English Department
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