May we be lifted up with you. 

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

 
Grant us, we pray, O Lord,
perseverance in obeying your will,
that in our days the people dedicated to your service
may grow in both merit and number.

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 be lifted up with you. 
In the first reading, lifting up the image of a serpent
 
healed and protected the people during their
 
journey of liberation in the desert
.

In the gospel, like a trial scene, Jesus is defending himself. 
They want to know who he is.
 
They want to know him - but they resist knowing him.
 
He tells them that they'll really know him
 
when he is “lifted up.”
 
They will lift him up on the cross, to be put to death.
 
God transformed that tragedy, by letting his death
 
“pay the price” for all of our sins.

When we look at a crucifix, we look at the image of 
the one who is “lifted up” in Glory.
 
He is lifted up for our liberation from sin and death.

Let us give him thanks, from the bottom of our hearts. 
Our celebration of our glorious salvation is near.

“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to myself.”

Put your hope in the Lord.  Take courage and be strong
.  - Ps. 26:14

O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you.  Ps. 102:2

Intercessions: 

Praise to Christ, who has given us himself as the bread from heaven. Let us pray to him, saying: 
   Jesus, you feed and heal our souls; come to strengthen us. 

Lord, feed us at the banquet of the Eucharist, 
 - with all the gifts of your paschal sacrifice.

Give us a perfect heart to receive your word, 
 - that we may bring forth fruit in patience.

Make us eager to work with you in building a better world, 
 - so that it may listen to your Church and its gospel of peace.

We confess, Lord, that we have sinned, 
 - wash us clean by your gift of salvation. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, 
You have heard my complaints, my impatience. 
Sometimes I become frightened when I move away from you. 
Guide my heart back to you. 
Help me to think beyond my own wants 
and to desire only to do you will.

Thank you for the many blessings in my life 
and for the ways I feel your presence.

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

Less is More

As I read through John’s Gospel for today, I could not help but think of the saying, “less is more.” Not because of the number of words that John uses, but because of a phrase Jesus uses. As Jesus explains to the Pharisees who he is, among a bit of context, he simply says, “I AM.” Jesus could have inserted any number of grandiose words to follow, but he doesn’t. That was all that was needed.

To me, there is comfort in the simplicity of, “I AM.” Maybe because the lack of words ironically means that Jesus is “everything”, “all there is”, and “the whole.” Maybe the greatest things do not come

Less is More

by Tom Lenz
Creighton University's Pharmacy Faculty
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