Come to us, free us, help us, and guide us.

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

 
Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you,
and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy,
that, cleansed from the stain of their sins,
they may persevere in holy living
and be made full heirs of your promise. 

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: 

Come to us, free us, help us, and guide us. 
We pray more intensely now, just a week before Holy Thursday.  
We desire more and more that we might be free.  
Sorrow leads to profound gratitude, 
when we experience the depth of unconditional love offered us.  
The gratitude of a loved sinner leads to great generosity.

Christ is the mediator of a new covenant so that since he has died, 
those who are called may receive the eternal inheritance promised to them. 
The Entrance Antiphon - Hebrews 9:15
 

Intercessions: 

Christ our Lord came among us as the light of the world, 
that we might walk in his light, and not in the darkness of death.  
Let us praise him and cry out to him:
 
   Let your word be a lamp to guide us. 

God of mercy, help
 us today to grow in your likeness, 
 - that we who sinned in Adam may rise again in Christ.


Let your word be a lamp to guide us, 
 - that we may live the truth and grow always in your love. 

Teach us to be faithful in seeking the common good for your sake, 
 - that your light may shine on the whole human family by means of your Church. 

Touch our hearts to seek your friendship more and more, 
 - and to make amends for our sins against your wisdom and goodness.

Closing Prayer: 

Lord, 
all I want is to be faithful to you in my life, 
but so often I fail. 
Free me from my many sins 
and guide me to the life I will share with you. 
I wait for your promise to be fulfilled 
with great hope in my heart 
and your praise on my lips.

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 pray that your Lent experience thus far in 2016 has been a special time to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus!  If not, the good news is that there is still time and Jesus is lovingly waiting.

I oftentimes feel like the readings I am given to reflect and write on have been especially chosen just for me at a specific time in my life.  Today’s readings are no different.  This past week, I found myself reflecting on whether or not I would have believed Jesus if I had physically been there on that day with Him when He responded to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.”  John 8:58.  Would I have been part of the crowd that picked up a stone to throw at Jesus?  Tears came to my eyes just thinking about it, but in the Jews' defense, I believe they truly felt they were honoring God in their actions.  They were in the temple area and were convinced they had just heard Jesus claiming to be God.  Blasphemy!

I then experienced the overwhelming sense that the throwing of stones wasn’t something that just happened that day at that particular time in history.  It is forall of us today, two thousand years later.  We can choose to pick up stones to throw at Jesus or we can choose to believe what Jesus continues to say to all of us:“Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” John 8:58

Jesus, I believe you and am thankful for this gift of faith.  My continued prayer for all of us can be found in today’s readings, the verse before the Gospel: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Psalm 95:8

by Jan Schnack
Creighton University's Nursing Dean's Office
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