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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 Monday December 3, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-03)
    Last  March I had the great privilege of going on a pilgrimage to Europe to walk in the footsteps of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Within hours of arriving in Rome, that place where Ignatius spent the majority of his life ...
  • Reflection for Thursday December 6, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-06)
    Foundations – many meanings in many contexts – foundational knowledge, or the foundation of a building, or a non-profit organization that does good works.  A foundation is something that supports other things, usually ...
  • Reflection for Saturday December 8, 2018: Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary. 

    Chiacchere, Colleen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-08)
    Among these long winter days and short days in the Northern Hemisphere and certainly here in Omaha, life can seem bleak and cold as we head into the depths of winter. And, in the midst of this dark stretch, the Church gives ...
  • Reflection for Sunday December 2, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-02)
    Anticipation.  The readings on this first Sunday of Advent invite us to the feeling of anticipation.  When I was a child the weeks before Christmas were a time of anticipation.  The Christmas specials on TV were broadcast ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday December 5, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-05)
    The reading from Isaiah describes a victory banquet, the Psalm portrays the Lord as a shepherd and the Gospel has Jesus performing a set of miracles including the feeding of the 4000. I see in these readings the openness ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday December 4, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Jorgensen, Diane (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-04)
    Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.|The readings for today evoke so much ...
  • Reflection for Friday December 7, 2018: 1st Week of Advent. 

    Miller, Mariana (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-07)
    Advent, a time of waiting in hope. This hope is not simply wishful thinking or an optimism that things will turn out okay. Our hope is based on God's promise of salvation and on the faith that God will not let us down.|Today's ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday December 12, 2018: Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-12)
    See I am coming to dwell among you, says the Lord. Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and they shall be his people and he will dwell among you. - Zecheriah|Heading to Omaha's Beth El Synagogue after ...
  • Reflection for Thursday December 13, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-13)
    Have you ever been moved by the sight of a mom or dad holding the hand of their toddler as they walk on the sidewalk or cross the street?  For whatever reason, that image grabs a part of me that readily recognizes the ...
  • Reflection for Monday December 10, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Martin, Kathy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-10)
    When I read the gospel for today, I was impressed with the sheer audacity of the paralyzed man's dedicated and zealous friends.  The scene portrayed in the gospel must have been chaotic.  Luke 5:17-18 summarized how people ...
  • Reflection for Sunday December 9, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-09)
    What a beautiful prayer imbedded in the reading from Philippians. Paul begins with the simple statement, I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you and continues by stating his confidence that the one who ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday December 11, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-11)
    This reflection will be coming soon. In the meantime, here is one from Andy Alexander, S.J., for this day in 2002.|A highway will be there, called the holy way; ...|It is for those with a journey to make, and on it the ...
  • Reflection for Sunday December 16, 2018: 3rd Week of Advent. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-16)
    "Promise" is one of the major themes in Luke, who wrote the Gospel reading for today, and in the early chapters of his Gospel Mary, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Simeon, and Anna all stress that God is keeping His promises, although ...
  • Reflection for Friday December 14, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-14)
    Merry Christmas to you all during this wonderful time of year. I love the Christmas season because it offers a chance to spend more time with family and friends and be connected with one another in ways that our busy ...
  • Reflection for Saturday December 15, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-15)
    Fire. Famine. Fury. The themes of today's Sirach reading could be taken right out of the front pages of our newspapers. Today's readings offer another reminder that the biblical and liturgical vision of Advent stands a ...
  • Reflection for Monday December 17, 2018: 3rd Week of Advent. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-17)
    There is one verse today that offers the most insight to me and that is Psalm 72: 17.|"O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge." |If we reflect on each ...
  • Reflection for Saturday November 24, 2018: 33rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Shea, John, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-11-24)
    It's late fall in the United States. A few leaves tenaciously cling to the trees. The days continue to grow shorter and colder. No wonder so many people suffer Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this time of year. Dreary, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday November 27, 2018: 34th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kavan, Michael (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-11-27)
    As we near the end of the liturgical season, our readings take on an apocalyptic flavor - sharp sickles, fire, God's fury, wars, false prophets, insurrections, powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues; not unlike today's ...
  • Reflection for Friday November 23, 2018: 33rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-11-23)
    We see the angry side of Jesus in today's gospel.  He attempts to clean the temple.  He wants to return the temple to a house of prayer.  Jesus was teaching in the temple daily while the chief priests and scribes continued ...
  • Reflection for Thursday November 29, 2018: 34th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Zaboroski, Joe (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-11-29)
    The last two weeks of readings bring us face to face with the Book of Revelation. Since we celebrate All Saints and All Souls in November, the use of the Book of Revelation and the other readings which complement each other ...

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