Grant us your forgiveness. 

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

 
O God, who reward the merits of the just 
and offer pardon to sinners who do penance,
have mercy, we pray, on those who call upon you,
that the admission of our guilt
may serve to obtain your pardon for our sins.

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: 

Grant us your forgiveness. 
We know that this whole journey is about our reconciliation.
 
We know that God wants to forgive us.
 
We know we are preparing to renew our Baptismal promises,
 
and "refuse to be mastered by sin."
 
Today we hear the invitation and ask more earnestly.

In the marvelous discourse that follows his sign of healing, 
Jesus says, "I am not seeking my own will but the will of him who sent me."
 
I am filled with a sense of sorrow and gratitude,
 
as I see what he did for me.

I tell you for certain that everyone who hears my message 
and has faith in the one who sent me has eternal life and will never be condemned. 
They have already gone from death to life. 

John 5:24

 

Intercessions: 

Let us give thanks to God, our Father: 
through the power of the Spirit he purifies our heart and strengthens us in love. 
Let us humbly ask him:
Lord, give us your Holy Spirit.

Help us to receive good things from your bounty with a deep sense of gratitude;
-and to accept with patience the evil that comes to us.

Teach us to be loving not only in great and exceptional moments,
-but above all in the ordinary events of daily life.

May we abstain from what we do not really need,
-and help our brothers and sisters in distress.

May we bear the wounds of your Son,
-for through his body he gave us life.

Closing Prayer: 

Loving and merciful God, 
I am so aware of my sins and weaknesses. 
But as painfully aware of my faults as I am, 
Let me also remember your tender love, 
your gentle and limitless forgiveness. 
I come before you filled with pain and guilt 
but look into your eyes and see the forgiving love 
I so long for in my life. 
Help me to forgive the same way. 
Teach me to love as you love.

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

“I will never forget you.” (Isaiah 49:15)

Recently, my husband and I went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  With much of Israel being a barren desert, it is easy to see how one can be scorched by the wind or the sun and become hungry and thirsty while walking through the desert.  Emotionally, one could feel trapped, lonely, and empty with no where to turn and no one to turn to for help. The people Zion felt forsaken and forgotten by the Lord through out their desert experience.  They may have even questioned, “Lord, where are you and why can we not feel your presence?”  The Lord told Isaiah that there would be a road through all the mountains. Visiting the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I can now visualize that road.  I can imagine that road being there for me during my desert experiences but I would not be hungry, thirsty, or exhausted. I would not be forgotten because the Lord is with me. He is my hope and my encouragement leading me through my desert experiences to green pastures and besides springs of water.  

Psalm 145 reminds me of God’s promises. The Lord is compassionate toward all his works and faithful in all his words. The Lord lifts up all who are falling and is near to all who call upon Him. God will work in and through every desert situation to bring good from it.

Each of us likely has had a desert experience.  I can confidently say that we will get through every “desert experience”.  I know the Lord hears our cries and looks on us with compassion.  He is always at work bringing us peace amidst the messiness of life. His words are spirit and life and He speaks those words of love into our ears and offers us his wisdom, guidance, hope and encouragement.  We no longer have to be alone, empty, and trapped in our desert experiences.  Even if a mother should forget her infant, the Lord says “I will never forget you” (Isaiah 49:15).  Let me repeat that last line. “I will never forget you” says the Lord.

Father God, in your great mercy, you answer me with a love that never fails.  Grant me perseverance, that in every circumstance of life, I may see and follow you.  I trust in you and believe in your promises.  Lead me out of darkness when I hear your voice saying “come out”.  Help me to stay strong in my faith and draw closer to you each day. 
 In Jesus’ name, I pray.

Reflection Question: How can I similarly be a light to another person struggling in darkness with encouraging messages of hope to “come out” and be set free?

by Theresa Abbott
Creighton University's Student Health Department
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