Grant us your forgiveness. 

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

 
We invoke your mercy in humble prayer, O Lord,
that you may cause us, your servants,
corrected by penance and schooled by good works,
to preserve sincerely in your commands
and come safely to the paschal festivities.

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: 

Lead us to the joy of Easter. 

We are still aware of our patterns. 
We still are realigning our priorities.
 
We are still trying to simplify and trying to eat in solidarity with others.
 
Most of all, we are still asking for a change of heart.

Let hearts rejoice who search for the Lord. 
Seek the Lord and his strength, 
seek always the face of the Lord. 
Psalm 104:3-4
 

 

Intercessions: 

God has revealed himself in Christ.

Let us praise his goodness, and ask him from our hearts: 
  Remember us, Lord, for we are your children.

 Teach us to enter more deeply into the mystery of the Church, 
 - that it may be more effective for ourselves and for the world as the sacrament of salvation.
 

Lover of mankind, inspire us to work for human progress, 
 - seeking to spread your kingdom in all we do. 

May our hearts thirst for Christ, 
 - the fountain of living water.
 

Forgive us our sins, 
 - and direct our steps into the ways of justice and sincerity.

Closing Prayer: 

Merciful Father, Loving Mother,
I know that the tiny sacrifices I make this Lent 
can never serve as a real penance in my life. 
But help me to make my whole life 
one of following your Son. 
I am filled with your love. 
Let your love shine out from within me 
and guide my life in this sacred journey 
toward the Easter joy you offer me.

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

As I returned for a third time to the readings for today, hopeful at the prospect of divine intervention in highlighting  the right phrase or theme for my reflection, my mind remained clouded at the varied options.  So I did what I must do when I try to find God in my computer keyboard:  I quieted myself.  I put my feet flat on the floor, closed my eyes, and willed myself to mindfully breathe.  Breathe in; Breathe out.   

{Breathe In} Lord, please clear my head of the distractions of the day, so that {Breathe Out} I might feel your presence with me.  {Breathe In} Help me to find wisdom and words that might {Breathe Out} bring peace or inspiration to others…  {Breathe In}  an understanding of God’s jealousy and frustration when{Breathe Out}  His chosen people made a molten calf and worshipped it… {Breathe In} an appreciation for the compassion of Moses who {Breathe Out} was able to persuade our God to relent and forgive… {Breathe In} the glory of our powerful God who later sent his Son to serve us, speak to us, die {Breathe Out} for us and give us our eternal life…  {Breathe In} the incomprehensible, unconditional love of that Son who needed no human praise, {Breathe Out} sought no human glory, and taught us human humility…

Because it is the Lenten season, I’m probably a bit more spiritual than at some other times of year; probably a bit more prone to relenting when I really want to remain angry, to exercising a bit more humility and gratitude when I’d rather have my selfish needs met.  This is good – and worth striving for more consistently.  Worth DOING more consistently.  I wish that God’s people, brought by Moses out of slavery, had understood the gift they had been given, and revered it.  I wish that the Jews in the gospel story had believed in the works of Jesus, trusted in his purpose as had been foretold, understood the gift they had been given, and revered it.  I wish – no, I pray – that I will take the time to recognize the working of God in my life every day, breathe in gratitude for this gift I have been given, and revere it.  

{Breathe In} The peace that passes all understanding and {Breathe Out in Song!} Thanks Be To God!  Amen!

by Kimberly Grassmeyer
Creighton University's Department of Residence Life
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