“I gave them your word, and the world hated them,.” 

Graciously grant to your Church, O merciful God,
that, gathered by the Holy Spirit,
she may be devoted to you with all her heart
and united in purity of intent.

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 gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world. - John 17

As we listen to Jesus pray to the Father for his apostles, and for us,
we sense the reality he is speaking about.
He is praying for us, knowing we will remain in this world,
which is, in many ways, opposed to him and will oppose us, if we live in him.
We don't belong to the world, even though we live in it.
We can all ask in prayer today, how we still tend to have worldly desires and energies.
And, we can ask to be free.

We pray more intensely for the coming of the Holy Spirit,
that we, as Church, may be "devoted to you with all her heart
and united in purity of intent."
We can all add our own desires for the Spirit,
asking for the fruits of unity and peace.

Holy Father, keep them in your name
that you have given me,
so that they may be one, just as we are one. - John 17



The Holy Spirit gives witness to our spirit that we are children of God. Let us give thanks to God the Father as we pray:

Father, hear your children.

God of patience and consolation, teach us to be one in mind and heart, following the example of Jesus,
- so that we may praise you with one voice and spirit.

Grant that we may all seek to serve our neighbor.
- by doing good and building up a community of love

Do not let us be led by the spirit of the world, rooted in evil
- but guide us by the Spirit that comes from you.

You search the hearts of all,
- lead us always along the way of sincerity and truth. 


Closing Prayer: 

Loving Jesus,
As I await the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost,
I ask you to keep watch over me.

I am so much of this world, yet I belong to you.
Be with me today as I live in this world 
even as I want to be part of you.
Help me to serve my neighbor and build a community of love
that follows the spirit on earth that comes from you. 

Lead me always in your ways.

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

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Departure, truth and protection strike me as the sum of the messages in today’s readings. In the Book of Acts, Paul is leaving Ephesus and in the Gospel Christ is praying to the Father in anticipation of his leaving and returning to the Him. Paul warns the community in Ephesus that the danger of “perverting the truth” can come as easily internally from the Christian community as well as from the external world. He exhorts the community to God’s gracious word.  In the Gospel, I am reminded more than once that I “do not belong to the world“ but to Christ and his kingdom. The fact for me is that I am going to be challenged by the world as an adherent to the truth Christ proclaimed. As I grow spiritually I am begi

nning to better understand just how counter cultural my faith walk is. Walking in the word can be difficult at times. We are all called to go out into the world and proclaim the Gospel daily in our lives. In most cases we can accomplish this by our actions at home, work and in our communities. I constantly need to remind myself of this fact.

Despite the difficulties of trying to live the Gospel message in our secular world, I do not become discouraged.  It is only a reminder about how fertile and full the field is for harvest. My task is to persevere in the truth and as Pope Francis reminds all of us, always act in love, have a kindness in our hearts and most importantly always keep mercy as a priority in life.

by Joe Zaborowski
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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