May we reach out with joy to grasp your hand. 

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

 
O God, who have prepared 
fitting helps for us in our weakness,
grant, we pray, that we may receive
their healing effects with joy
and reflect them in a holy way of life.

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: 

May we reach out with joy to grasp your hand. 
We keep acknowledging that God is the source of our life.
 
We realize that we have been seeking other sources of life.
 
We recognize our weakness and turn to God for help.
 
Though our hearts are being opened up to their depths,
 
though we cry out to God for help, we are not discouraged.

The Lord is near to broken hearts.

When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, 
and from all their distress he rescues them. 
The Lord is close to the broken hearted; 
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

 

Intercessions: 

Let us pray to Christ our Savior, who redeemed us by  his death and resurrection: 
   Lord, have mercy on us. 

You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory, 
 - bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
 
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier's lance, 
 - heal our wounds.
 
You made the cross the tree of life, 
 - give its fruit to those reborn in baptism. 

On the cross you forgave the repentant thief, 
 - forgive us our sins. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God of forgiveness, 
I come before you humbled and sad 
in the face of my own repeated failings. 
I hold out my hands as a petitioner would, 
asking for mercy. 
It is then that I feel you reach out and take my hand 
in your loving grasp. 
Thank you for the love you pour out on me so lavishly. 
Help me to follow more closely 
in the path you have set for me, 
the path of your Son.

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

The Unruly Heart of Peace

Their wickedness blinded them, and they knew not the hidden counsels of God. (Wisdom 2:21-22)

In today’s reading from Wisdom, we eavesdrop on a surly bunch.  They are not troubled by their wicked deeds.  They concede their corruption in a cynical way.  After all, this is how the world runs.  Get used to it.  But one guy will not sit at their table.  He does not play the game.  Without fear, he calls them out.  In his face they glimpse their diminished state.  Such clear vision is offensive.  He must be destroyed and all the rubbish about justice with him.  Let his God save him.

Righteousness can afflict us all.  We justify our lives by demonizing our opponents.  A demon is easier to wrestle than this shifting self of mine.  The Manichean mindset comes easily: in this corner is the good.  Over there is the evil.  And the battle ensues….But wait.  Do we line up behind two forces: the pure and the stained?  Everyone is tempted.  Nearly everyone falls.  Each saint is a sinner who finds his way home.  God persists.  Gradually these faulty notions are exposed and drop away.  A more peaceful way calls.  Real goodness with her crooked smile means more than the pure stuff.

A peaceful heart is not compliant.  Jesus shows us this other way.  Mainly we are guided by our fears.  If I am being hunted, I lay low and stay hidden.  Jesus is unruly.  He is not hobbled by his fears or cringing before authority.   Like Pope Francis speaking at the Mexican border, his words rattle the walls that divide us.  God hears the cries of the poor.  We too must listen.  And act on what the heart comes to understand.

Scripture says we do not live on bread alone.  What sustains us on this journey?  We need companions.  We ask for healing.  We seek light to grasp the tricky troubles of our world.  Pope Francis is sending 700 missionaries of mercy to bring comfort to the broken hearted.  Here is the call.

by Kimberly Grassmeyer
Creighton University's Department of Residence Life
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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