THURSDAY (April 15, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)
“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”” (John 20:19–23)
Jesus is our peace. His presence is peace, holiness and love. Jesus knows the disciples were living in fear, so His first words to them were, “Peace be with you.” Jesus knows our fears, too. He comes to bring us peace—the peace that comes only from Him. He comes to bring forgiveness and mercy. Filled with Jesus, we go out into the world to serve one another in love and forgiveness.
Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Olivia this day, as she goes about the callings you have given to her. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.