“Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.” 

May your right hand, O Lord, we pray,
encompass your family with perpetual help,
so that, defended from all wickedness
by the Resurrection of your Only Begotten Son,
we may make our way by means of your heavenly gifts.

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: 

Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory. Psalm 115

Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. John 14

Jesus is revealing to us that our faith is all about relationship with him.
He keeps using the image of making our home in him as he makes his home in us.
It is a relationship with love, which is mutual.

Reflecting on that invitation of love today can be quite wonderful.
We can ask for the grace to be open, to surrender and to love.
And, we can be consoled that it is the Holy Spirit who will keep reminding us
of all Jesus has revealed to us.

The Holy Spirit will teach you everything
and remind you of all I told you. John 14



The Father glorified Jesus and appointed him heir to all nations. Let us praise him, saying:

Save us, Lord, through your victory.

Lord Christ, by your victory you broke the power of evil and destroyed sin and death,
- make us victorious over sin today.

You laid death low, and brought us new life,
- grant that we may walk today in this new life,

You gave life to the dead, and led mankind from death to life,
- give eternal life to all those we shall meet today.

You brought confusion on the guards at your tomb, but joy to your disciples,
- grant the fullness of joy to all who serve you. 

Closing Prayer: 

Loving God,
I am drawn closer to you this day, 
knowing that I am loved by the Father and Jesus;
and from their love for me, they send the Spirit.

Grant me the grace and the patience
to quiet my life and open my heart 
so I can recognize the Spirit who advocates for me
and teaches me the message given by Jesus.
Help me to know that I don't have to wait for you:
you have already come to me and make your dwelling in me. 
All I have to do is become aware of your presence in my life.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 

Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

Today is the feast day of St. Mark, the Evangelist, the author of the second Gospel.  Mark was young when Jesus was crucified and resurrected and probably never met Jesus in the flesh.

But he was obviously gifted and tasked with writing a Gospel directed to Gentile converts.

The first reading today stresses the need for humility.    This is something that I (and I suspect many others) struggle with.

It surely must have been a humbling task to write a Gospel recounting both the humanity and divinity of Christ.  Whenever I read Mark’s Gospel, I am always struck with the clarity and concision of his writing.

We are all good at something.  It’s no sin to assess one’s strengths and take on tasks best suited to them in order to help build God’s kingdom on Earth.  But true humility is recognizing that those strengths are not are own, but are given to us by God and to be used for God’s purposes.

by Pat Borchers
Creighton University's School of Law
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Daily Meditation by(c) 2013 Don Schwager
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