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Since 1998, Creighton University has offered Daily Reflections for every day of the year. Each day one of more than 50 Faculty and Staff writers at the university pray with a set of scripture readings and share their personal reflections on them. For recent and upcoming reflections please see the Creighton University Online Ministries web pages.

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Recent Submissions

  • Reflection for Saturday April 13, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Amu, Vivian (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-13)
    These days, the image that presents itself in my mind when I think about the scattered children of God, is the image of refugees from all over the world knocking at the doors of countries that are not their own, hoping for ...
  • Reflection for Friday April 12, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-12)
    Are Christians naive? I will never forget a conversation that I had with a group of fellow church elders (I was not yet Catholic). I referred to my boss, who also happened to be a parishioner, as an enemy. You would have ...
  • Reflection for April 14, 2019: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. 

    McMahon, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-14)
    Palm Sunday, with its palms, processions and readings, is one of the special days that can evoke strong emotional connections in our spiritual history, for those who have been in the church most of their lives. For those ...
  • Reflection for Thursday April 11, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Mausbach, Ann (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-11)
    I have two older sisters and we are all three just a year apart in age. Growing up my sisters took great pleasure (as most siblings do) in tormenting me at every available opportunity. I vividly remember when they told me ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday April 10, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-10)
    As I write this reflection, we are in the midst of a busy time on campus. Students are registering for next semester classes and we are closing in on the end of the spring semester. Registration time typically brings lots ...
  • Reflection for April 15, 2019: Monday of Holy Week. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-15)
    Today we start Holy Week – a time in our calendar where we experience great joy and yet know of great sorrow to come followed by the most glorious day for us.  Our readings throughout the week allow us to journey with Jesus ...
  • Reflection for April 16, 2019: Tuesday of Holy Week. 

    Hamm, Dennis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-16)
    This Tuesday of Passion Week, we begin to follow Jesus as he interacts with his disciples during the Last Supper. Today's Gospel passage focuses on Jesus' prophecies about Judas' betrayal and Peter's denial. He knows of ...
  • Reflection for April 17, 2019: Wednesday of Holy Week. 

    Miller, Mariana (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-17)
    Today, right before we enter into the Paschal Triduum we hear this Gospel passage about Juda's betrayal of Jesus. We have spent around 5 weeks trying to deepen our relationship to God: praying, giving alms, being extra ...
  • Reflection for April 19, 2019: Good Friday. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-19)
    In the second Chapter of Genesis, which is the second account of creation, we read about two different trees planted in the "garden".  One is the tree of "life" and the other,  the tree of the "knowledge of good and evil". ...
  • Reflection for Saturday Morning, April 20, 2019 

    Alexander, Andy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-20)
    On Good Friday, there was no Eucharist - simply a communion service, with the Body of Christ from the Holy Thursday Eucharist. On Holy Saturday, there is no liturgy at all. The liturgy this evening is the vigil - the ...
  • Reflection for April 21, 2019: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-21)
    Assigning Peter's speech to our Easter Sunday readings requires a lot of "fast forward". There is no way Peter could have spoken like that on Easter Sunday. Like the others apostles, Peter was both scared and discouraged ...
  • Reflection for April 18, 2019: Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-18)
    Spring used to be New Year's. Spring is the anniversary of creation, so it seems an appropriate New Year celebration: A perfect new beginning. In the first reading God says the Passover is the first month. It's the new ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday April 9, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-09)
    Recently I saw a sign that had a familiar ring to it.  It was like the "No Smoking" signs: a picture of a lit cigarette encircled by a bold red circle with a bold red slanted line going through the lighted cigarette.  In ...
  • Reflection for Sunday April 7, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-07)
    |"Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." John|I hid in the bushes so no one in the crowd dragging my friend Miriam to be stoned could see me. I wanted to stop the horror but didn't ...
  • Reflection for Monday April 8, 2019: 5th Week of Lent. 

    Jorgensen, Diane (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-08)
    Today's first reading from the Old Testament is the story of Susanna and the Judgment of Daniel. Susanna, a beautiful and pious woman, is falsely accused and sentenced to death by religious elders. She is convicted by their ...
  • Reflection for Friday April 5, 2019: 4th Week of Lent. 

    McClure, Scott (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-05)
    A colleague of mine at a Catholic high school where I taught used to encourage her freshmen to keep an eye out for God moments. These were commonly shared as a particularly beautiful sunset or other work of nature but, in ...
  • Reflection for Thursday April 4, 2019: 4th Week of Lent. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-04)
    This reflection will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is a reflection from this writer in 2009.|As a teacher, I am sometimes frustrated by students who don't appear to listen. Despite my best efforts and repeated ...
  • Reflection for Saturday April 6, 2019: 4th Week of Lent. 

    Zaborowski, Joseph (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-04-06)
    The two readings certainly transition well from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Two prophets, the latter being the savior of mankind, came to be reviled in their time. Jeremiah was continually plotted against and ...
  • Reflection for Sunday March 17, 2019: 2nd Week of Lent. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-03-17)
    "If they can dye this river green today, why can't they dye it blue the other 364 days of the year?" This question, asked by one of the U.S. Marshals in the movie, "The Fugitive," always makes me chuckle. The setting for ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday March 19, 2019: St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity. 

    Miller, Mariana (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-03-19)
    This is a reflection from this writer on this feast in 2016.|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 ...

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