Now we rejoice in your great love. 

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

 
O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ
a chosen race and a royal priesthood,
grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what you command,
that the people called to eternal life
may be one in the faith of their hearts 
and the homage of their deeds.

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. 

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Daily Meditation: 

Now we rejoice in your great love. 
Our journey has brought us here.
 
It is as though we, too, are gathering in Jerusalem
 
to celebrate our Passover week.
 
We are ready to enter into the Passion drama,
 
and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery,
 
with mind and heart renewed.

We are ready to rejoice that the death of Jesus is “for me” 
and that it is the ultimate victory over sin and death -
 
my sin and my death.

Christ was sacrificed so that he could gather together 
the scattered children of God. 

John 11:52

Intercessions: 

To make us his new creation, Christ the Lord gave us the waters of rebirth 
and spread the table of his body and his word.  
Let us call upon him and say: 
   Lord, renew us in your grace. 

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, clothe us with compassion, kindness and humility, 
  - make us want to be patient with everyone.
 

Teach us to be true neighbors to all in trouble and distress, 
  - and so imitate you, the Good Samaritan.
 

May the Blessed Virgin, your Mother, pray for all those vowed to a life of virginity, 
  - that they may deepen their dedication to you and to the Church.
 

Grant us the gift of your mercy, 
  - forgive our sins and remit their punishment.

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God, 
Your eternal watchfulness keeps me safe from harm. 
I am filled with a great happiness 
when I feel your endless love for me. 
Thank you for your care for me, one of your children. 
I ask you to protect from harm 
those who will soon be your children, 
joined in the joy of your church. 
Please continue to pour out your blessings 
on all of us who have been given 
the lifegiving waters of baptism.

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

Today is the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of Mary and the earthly father of Jesus. Joseph was the man that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had chosen to spend the rest of her life with, and he, in turn, had chosen her. They were betrothed but not living together yet when Mary received a visit from the angel of God asking her if she would accept God’s invitation to be the mother of the Messiah becoming pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Mary accepted God’s invitation without trying to make sense of it. Now she had to tell Joseph. How would he make sense of that? I don’t imagine Joseph getting mad or confrontational. I just imagine him becoming overwhelmed with sadness and needing to leave her sight for a while.

The Gospel tells us Joseph was a righteous man. He was compelled to do what was right according to the Law, yet, he loved Mary. I imagined he prayed about this for a while, I can see him being mad at God, asking God “Why this? We had such a wonderful relationship, we had so many dreams together…” And God listened to Joseph. Joseph decided he was not going to expose Mary publicly, but he was going to leave her quietly. He risked being blamed by people around them for being faithless and inconsiderate: “Why would he leave her? What got into him?” He did not care what people thought. He was not going to shame Mary, or worse, expose her to being stoned. I imagine this was a very hard decision for Joseph and he put a lot of prayer and reflection into it. He really loved Mary and was probably devastated to have to leave her, but this was what the God given Law demanded. I imagine he was still troubled by this decision when God talked to him in a dream. God’s angel said to Joseph: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” (vv. 20-21) The next day Joseph took Mary into his house as the angel had said. What a tremendous act of faith!

Joseph had cultivated a deep relationship with God throughout his life and was open to receive God’s gift of being the person who would help educate Jesus, the Messiah. In this relationship, Joseph was not in control and this was fine because he trusted the One in control. He knew the Law given by God to God’s people, he was faithful to it, yet he was open to God’s surprise. The law was not a god for Joseph, just a means to God. Only God was God. His heart was open. He trusted in God’s faithfulness and held on tight to the angel’s words: “Don’t be afraid.”

During this remaining Lent season and the coming Easter season, let’s pray for an open and trusting heart. Let’s pray for the courage to receive God’s gifts openheartedly and with gratitude the way Joseph did.

by Mariana Miller
Creighton University's Campus Ministry
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