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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 Sunday, May 29, 2022: Ascension of the Lord. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-29)
    This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection by Larry Gillick, S.J. for this Sunday, in 2013. The big question you may have upon listening to the First Reading of this liturgy is why did the officials ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 26, 2022: Ascension of the Lord. 

    Crawford, David (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-26)
    |"I don't know."  How uncomfortable and even frustrating it can be to struggle with not knowing or not understanding something that you assume you should be able to grasp.  As I write this, students across the country are ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, May 31, 2022: Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-31)
    |When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,|"Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 30, 2022: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-30)
    |In his wonderful 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel"), Pope Francis exhorted Catholics to "go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, ...
  • Reflection for Friday, May 27, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-27)
    |Reading the advice columns in the newspaper is something I enjoy.  Just the other day a woman wrote in for some advice about her relationship with her boyfriend.  She shared they have a lot in common with the exception ...
  • Daily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-26)
    |Back in the early sixties, in the Jesuit Novitiate, each Spring, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta was performed by the good singers of the class. The less-blest of us were given the opportunity to practice and sing, ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, May 28, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-28)
    |In the first reading from Acts there was an eloquent man who was speaking on behalf of Jesus, refuting the Jews and establishing the idea that Jesus is the Christ. He is a great speaker and many listen to him and believe ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 23, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-23)
    |Once again, the "random" assignment of a reflection has one of my favorite readings and just perfect for this time. The month of May for me focuses so much on women – devotion to Mary, Mothers' Day, Nurses' Day/Week, the ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, May 24, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-24)
    |Imagine with me, if you will, Jesus addressing Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter, and the rest of the Apostles, as he is about to address the proverbial elephant in the room and answer the question that the disciples do ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, May 25, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-25)
    |Most of us would like the words Jesus spoke to his follows while he was yet on earth to speak directly to each of us in our lives today. And they do, but not in the specificity most of us would like to hear. Today we are ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 22, 2022: 6th Week of Easter. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-22)
    |We've been on this Easter walk awhile now. We may even have forgotten it's still Easter! As we near the end of the season, we approach another transition for Christ: not from death to life, but from earthly presence in ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 1, 2022: 3rd Week of Easter. 

    Santos, Nicky, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-01)
    |On this third Sunday of Easter, we are presented with the third appearance of Jesus to his disciples. While the first two appearances occurred in a room behind closed doors, this third appearance occurs in a context that ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Sts. Philip and James, Apostles. 

    Janky, Gladyce (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-03)
    |Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us."  What a gift Philip gives to us in the here and now.  As he continues to question, despite Jesus' response to Thomas (I am the Way the True ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 2, 2022: 3rd Week of Easter. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-02)
    |Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a celebration for First Holy Communication for a precious young friend.  It had been a while since I attended a First Communion. The pastor spoke to the children about the reality ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, May 4, 2022: 3rd Week of Easter. 

    Mausbach, Ann (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-04)
    |Not surprisingly in the weeks following the end of WWII the orphans and dislocated children in refugee camps had difficulties sleeping. After trying several remedies, the adults finally discovered that if after the children ...
  • Reflection for Friday, May 6, 2022: 3rd Week of Easter. 

    Hopp, Larry (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-06)
    |When life doesn't make sense – then what?  As we celebrate Easter and ponder Jesus' incredible gift, it almost seems irreverent to even mention a question such as this.  But then again, perhaps this season is the best ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 15, 2022: 5th Week of Easter. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-15)
    |The passage from the Acts of the Apostles describes the end of the first missionary journey of Paul and Barnabas. The selection from the Psalm is part of an acrostic poem. The passage from Revelations focuses on the new ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 19, 2022: 5th Week of Easter. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-19)
    |Proclaim God ' s marvelous deeds to all the nations.|To whom? All you lands - the nations - all peoples - the nations - the peoples. Okay, I get it. We are to sing to the Lord a new song and bless his name. We minister ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, May 21, 2022: 5th Week of Easter. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-21)
    So Simple, yet so Profound|"No one likes me, everyone hates me, guess I'll go eat worms."  A children's woeful ditty of unknown origin.  Judith Viorst's beloved children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No ...
  • Reflection for Friday, May 13, 2022: 4th Week of Easter. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2022-05-13)
    |Do not let your hearts be troubled.|You have faith in God; have faith also in me.|In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.|If there were not,|would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?|And ...

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