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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

  • Saturday 31 March 2018: The Easter Vigil 

    No Author (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-31)
    THERE IS NO REFLECTION FOR THE EASTER VIGIL|THE EXSULTET: THE PROCLAMATION OF EASTER|Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty ...
  • Reflection for Friday, March 2, 2018: 2nd Week in Lent. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-02)
    |The readings for today focus on the darker side of human behavior yet it seemed to fit with our journey during Lent.  The gospel on the first Sunday of Lent reminded us of the temptation of Jesus after 40 days in the ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, March 3, 2018: 2nd Week in Lent. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-03)
    Today's readings are about forgiveness and the mercy of God, but there is another angle to forgiveness and that deals with justice.  God is merciful and forgives our sins whatever they are, if we are contrite, if we are ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, March 1, 2018: 2nd Week in Lent. 

    Samson, Beth (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-01)
    |Today's readings remind me of the responsibility that come with the privilege I am afforded. I was born into a white, middle class family in the United States. I have a Master's degree and a job that provides not only a ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, March 20, 2018: 5th Week in Lent. 

    Janky, Gladyce (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-20)
    This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection by Eileen Burke-Sullivan for this day in 2014.|Throughout the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, the one engaging the process of prayer is counseled to ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, March 21, 2018: 5th Week in Lent. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-21)
    This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection by Andy Alexander, S.J. from 2008. The three young captives in Babylon face a fiery furnace, rather than worship a false god. Jesus faces the fiery ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, March 18, 2018: 5th Week in Lent. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-18)
    |I come from a long line of gardeners. My grandfather had a garden the size of a basketball court. For the 30-plus years he served as county sheriff, my grandmother used the bushel baskets of vegetables he grew to feed ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, March 17, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Quinn, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-17)
    |The prophet Jeremiah's ministry took place during many years of turbulent Jewish history.  This is apparent in his writings, e.g., he writes that he felt "like a lamb being led to slaughter" when his enemies were plotting ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, March 15, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Schuler, Jeanne (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-15)
    |"They have soon turned aside from the way I pointed out to them, making for themselves a molten calf and worshiping it." (Exodus 32: 8)|Who has my back?  Who speaks for me?  Jesus came under attack by leaders of the Jewish ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, March 13, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-13)
    |Today's Gospel is from John, always a layered and nuanced author, and so it is only natural to look deeply not only into what he says and what he hints at, but maybe especially into what he quite loudly does not say. For ...
  • Reflection for Friday, March 16, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Shea, John, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-16)
    |In our first reading, we hear of how the wicked plan to beset the just and those who are trying to obey God. Their plan entails revilement, torture and even death. The reading reminds me of a bucket of live crabs, some ...
  • Reflection for Monday, March 19, 2018: 5th Week in Lent. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-19)
    |We have all seen paintings and sculptures of St. Joseph that, at least to me, look too bland and sweet to represent the real Joseph. There is nothing bland in the Joseph portrayed in the first of the two options for today's ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, March 14, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-14)
    |Today's readings moved me to think about the connection between a mother and her child. In Isaiah 49, a people are reminded of the Lord's care for them in exile. This text outlines a Messianic mission. I give special ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, March 31, 2018: Holy Saturday Morning (no liturgy) 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-31)
    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 1, 2018: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord. 

    Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-04-01)
    Another Lent has come and gone already.  Did your Lent prepare for this beautiful Easter morning or was yours spotty like mine?  Our parish started Lent by focusing on abstaining and fasting from the things that separate ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, March 7, 2018: 3rd Week in Lent. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-07)
    This reflection is coming soon. In the meantime, here is a reflection from 2017 by Nancy Shirley.|We are half-way through Lent – Ash Wednesday was three weeks ago!  So as we review these readings we see that they are ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, March 4, 2018: 3rd Week in Lent. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-04)
    |There are several pairs of words floating around in my head from these readings: foolishness and wisdom; weakness and strength; divinity and humanity; building and body; law and gift. They bring up questions for me about ...
  • Reflection for Friday, March 9, 2018: 3rd Week in Lent. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-09)
    |How has Lent been kept within your spirit and observance? Have you listened well to the invitations, instructions and reminders? If you require a small boost, ponder slowly today's First Reading from the Prophet Hosea. ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, March 11, 2018: 4th Week in Lent. 

    Morse, Edward (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-11)
    |Today's readings move us forward in our Lenten journey through instruction about repentance and mercy.  The first reading in the Chronicles recounts a period of infidelity and judgment upon God's people.  The people had ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, March 10, 2018: 3rd Week in Lent. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-03-10)
    |Our identity is fundamental to understanding who we are and how we relate to the world.  Depending on the role I am fulfilling or who I am with, certain aspects of my identity present themselves.  I am a mother, a colleague, ...

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