About the Daily Reflections Archive:

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 Sunday, August 20, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-20)
    This Sunday's readings happen to resonate with two themes in my work at Creighton at this time of year: interfaith work and preparations to welcome new students to campus.|At our Welcome Week Mass this weekend, we will ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, August 23, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-23)
    There is no doubt that life is a journey – one filled with challenges and triumphs. A journey made easier if it is not traveled alone and if traveled with an open heart and mind. I'm relatively sure that I'm no different ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 22, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-22)
    The First Reading tells a story we all have lived in our lives.|No doubt there have been times when we felt like the whole world was against us. Our friends and family may have tried to reassure us that all was not lost, ...
  • Reflection for Friday, August 25, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-25)
    Today's first reading demonstrates Ruth's loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi. The Psalm is a statement of confidence in God as the source of strength and protection. The well-known Gospel redirects the focus of the 10 ...
  • Reflection for Monday, August 21, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-21)
    The gospel reading from Matthew is the story of the "rich young man" is most challenging.  The man comes to Jesus and wants to know what he needs to do to attain eternal life.  Jesus counsels that he keeps the commandments.  ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, August 26, 2017: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-26)
    If you exalt yourself you will be humbled, but if you humble yourself you will be exalted.|Jesus gives us the simplest of religious messages, and yet the most profound.  It is a great temptation for all of us, as we grow ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, August 24, 2017: 20th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-24)
    "This man is a real Israelite. There is no guile in him."|This simple portrait of guile-less Bartholomew can give us all great hope and a great challenge.  "Guile" is defined as "deceitful cunning."  Bartholomew becomes a ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, August 27, 2017: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Ryan, Steve, Rev. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-27)
    Quite a supporting cast Christ picked for his ministry, those apostles.|There were days when Jesus had to wonder.|Like when James and John, the sons of Zebedee request the places of honor at his sides when the moment of ...
  • Reflection for Monday, August 28, 2017: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-28)
    On a recent camping trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountains my wife and I encountered countless road signs warning of the possibility of upcoming dangers. Along the roadside they depicted universally understood images of ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, August 31, 2017: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Kavan, Michael (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-31)
    The overall focus of Ordinary Time Liturgy is the work of Christ in accomplishing the Father's mission.  We spend this lengthy period each year trying to understand and put into practice the pattern of God's work in God's ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, August 30, 2017: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Chiacchere, Colleen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-30)
    Today's readings invite us to examine how we act. They are clear and descriptive and pretty intense!|The beginning of the school year is upon us here in the Midwest United States. Perhaps because I work with a program here ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 29, 2017: 21st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    McMahon, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-29)
    Today's readings speak to me of the importance – even the necessity – of gentleness in our lives.|In the first reading, a letter from Paul to the Thessalonians, the passage ends with these words: "… we were gentle among ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, August 6, 2017: Transfiguration of the Lord. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-06)
    Today's feast of the transfiguration of Jesus is one of those gospel events that steps out of the ordinary as does, for example, the account of the baptism of Jesus by John.  Both involve the presence of the divine and the ...
  • Reflection for Monday, August 7, 2017: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Mausbach, Ann (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-07)
    |We have hit the dog days of summer and for many, this may mean that it is time to hunker down in the quiet air conditioning of their home. Enough with the backyard barbecues and potlucks. Today's readings are a reminder ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, August 12, 2017: 19th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-12)
    With apologies to the author(s) of Deuteronomy, I have re-phrased the sermon by Moses for my fellow Americans in 2017 in terms that make more sense to me:|Fellow citizens – listen to me.  We live in luxury unimagined in ...
  • Reflection for Friday, August 11, 2017: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Morse, Ed (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-11)
    How does faith grow?  In today's first reading, Moses seeks to grow the faith of his people based on their shared experiences of miracles.   Signs and wonders testified to the saving power of God, while showing that Egypt's ...
  • Reflection for Monday, August 14, 2017: 19th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-14)
    Several weeks ago I had the good fortune to attend a gathering of Ignatian Associates, a lay group committed to apostolic availability, fidelity to the Gospel and simplicity.  People came to the Creighton Retreat Center ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 15, 2017: Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

    Hauser, Richard, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-15)
    "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.  From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, August 10, 2017: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-10)
    Today's readings bring back fond memories of my father, Chuck, who would tell my three siblings and I that God loves a cheerful giver and a cheerful doer. This usually accompanied a request for various chores or jobs around ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 8, 2017: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-08-08)
    |Today's gospel has an important lesson for us. Jesus told the disciples to go ahead in the boat while he dispersed the rest of the people, and then to catch up with them he walked across the water! The disciples were ...

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