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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, October 25, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Hopp, Larry (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-25)
    |Our amazing God has once again put together a set of Biblical texts for today which address precisely what we as His people need to hear.  This message speaks directly to our current frustrations and perhaps even to our ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, October 27, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-27)
    |Yes, there are some questions regarding these lessons.  If you pick out specific verses and take them literally, we can get tangled up in justifications of our narrow self-interests and generate conflicts. But as I reflect ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, October 22, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-22)
    |I was taken aback when I first read today's Gospel from Luke. These words are not ones I usually read when contemplating the gospel and what it means in my life. I am more used to those passages that tell us to love one ...
  • Reflection for Friday, October 23, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-23)
    |Click on the link below to send an e-mail response|to the writer of this reflection.|nancyshirley@creighton.edu|Sharing this reflection with others by Email, on Facebook or Twitter: See all the Resources we offer on our ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, October 24, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-24)
    |"I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked [one], says the Lord,|but rather in [their] conversion that [they] may live." – Ezekiel 33:11|Today's gospel acclamation verse provided a necessary reminder as I began ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, October 21, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Samson, Beth (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-21)
    |"Christ has no body on earth now but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which Christ looks with compassion on the world; yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good; yours ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, October 20, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-20)
    |In the first reading today, Paul is in effect explaining to the Ephesians that all who are believers, Jews and Gentiles alike, are saved and are part of the same spiritual family. In Paul's time, there was anti-Gentile ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, October 29, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-29)
    |The messaging from Jesus in today's Gospel from Luke gave me lots to think about and consider in my own life. As usual, it took me a couple of reads and turning my intellectual brain off to understand the message. But, ...
  • Reflection for Friday, October 30, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-30)
    |"Who among you, if your son or ox falls into a cistern,|would not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?"|But they were unable to answer his question. - Luke|In today's Gospel, Jesus' answer to criticism that he ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, October 28, 2020: Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-28)
    |Psalm response: Their message goes out through all the earth.|This is a feast of the apostles Simon and Jude, but apparently there is no trace whatever of them outside of the New Testament and no word of them anywhere ...
  • Reflection for Monday, October 26, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-26)
    Here in the Midwest as the days get shorter and the temperatures get cooler, I have prepared my yard for winter and now turn my attention to projects inside my home.  Learning about home upkeep is interesting to me, and I ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, October 31, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-31)
    |"And this I know with confidence, that I shall remain and continue in the service of all of you for your progress and joy in the faith." Philippians 1:25|Paul writes these hopeful words from prison. He does not know what ...
  • Reflection for Friday, October 16, 2020: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-16)
    |"In Christ we were chosen… so that we might exist for the praise of his glory."|When I teach World Literature and teach Candide, there is a section in the book where the main character finds El Dorado, a utopia, a paradise ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, October 18, 2020: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-18)
    |The dynamics of today's encounter of Jesus with the disciples of the Pharisees and some Herodians are as instructive as the issue itself of paying taxes to the emperor. One thing that is remarkable is the questioners' ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, October 17, 2020: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Zaborowski, Joe (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-17)
    |All three parts of the readings today call upon us to contemplate our relationship with Christ and His power for those who believe. The Gospel today is as relevant as it was 2,000 years ago.|In it, we have Jesus going up ...
  • Reflection for Monday, October 12, 2020: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-12)
    |The Christian liturgy was first practiced and then flourished in the northern hemisphere. Israel, the birthplace of Christianity is in the northern half of the globe and the proclamation of the Gospel moved out of the ...
  • Reflection for Friday, October 9, 2020: 27th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-09)
    |The heart of the gospel today is about who Jesus is for us. The answer: He is the one who heals us. There are, however, cynics, hypocrites, even very religious people, who do not want to accept that Jesus is our healer. ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, October 11, 2020: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-11)
    |The reading from Isaiah depicts a great banquet. The psalm is the familiar Good Shephard passage. In the excerpt from Paul's letter he thanks the Philippians for their support and reflects on God meeting one's needs. The ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, October 14, 2020: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-14)
    |I have written one of these online reflections before which integrated the childhood game "hide-n-seek." Today's readings have me reminiscing about another one we used to play, primarily in school, called "follow the ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, October 7, 2020: 27th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-07)
    |In today's gospel, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray.  Jesus shares the words that many of us know as the "Our Father".  I believe this question is asked by people all over the place.  What is the best way ...

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