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 Wednesday, November 1, 2017: All Saints, Solemnity. 

    Coelho, Roland, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-01)
    In three days (i.e., on Nov. 4), Sr. Rani Maria will be beatified. As a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation, she worked among the poor and marginalized in Madhya Pradesh (Central India). Her work of educating the ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, November 2, 2017: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed Souls (All Souls). 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-02)
    And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day.|These words, taken from one of the Gospel passages recommended for this day, ...
  • Reflection for Friday, November 3, 2017: 30th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-03)
    My birthday is next week but several weeks ago I received a wonderful gift.  A dear friend is a visiting professor in our department and was in town to work with our students.  The day he arrived we all had the chance to ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, November 5, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Waldron, Maureen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-05)
    The greatest among you must be your servant. Matthew 23:11|In today's gospel, Jesus urges us not to be like the scribes and Pharisees because they aren't sincere in their lives.  "They preach but they do not practice. They ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, November 12, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Amu, Vivian (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-12)
    In this world where good and evil can occupy the same space, we must be wise and vigilant.  In this world where stately roses and disruptive weeds can share the same garden, we must be wise and vigilant.  In this world ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, November 11, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-11)
    A monkey walking through the jungle enjoying its freedom comes upon a hollowed out coconut with a single, small opening lying in a clearing. Curiosity getting the better of the primate, he squeezes his hand into the coconut ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, November 7, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Schuler, Jeanne (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-07)
    Belonging to Each Other "We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another."    (Romans 12: 5) These days, loud is the praise of autonomy, self-reliance, and individualism.  "I don't owe anyone ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, November 9, 2017: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome 

    Zaborowski, Joe (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-09)
    Through the years I always wondered why the Church would have a feast honoring a building. As I thought through the readings, I began to understand the need for both temporal and spiritual. The Basilica of St. John the ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, November 8, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas J. S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-08)
    This gospel passage is not about prudence, no matter what the central section seems to say: it is about total commitment. Jesus begins by asking anyone who would wish to follow him to abandon everything, right down to his ...
  • Reflection for Friday, November 10, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-10)
    Today's gospel parable comes in the middle of a series of Luke's teachings on wealth. This enigmatic narrative is sandwiched between two far more famous narratives – the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and the ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, November 4, 2017: 30th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Costanzo, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-04)
    "For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted".|Humility, Generosity, Caring and Love are the messages from the Gospel of Luke this week. Jesus chooses to give this lesson at ...
  • Reflection for Monday, November 6, 2017: 31st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Miller, Mariana (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-06)
    The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable (Rom 11: 29). What an amazing statement!|Paul tells the Romans that since they have experienced God's mercy in them, they are called to be witnesses of God's mercy to others, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, November 14, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    McClure, Scott (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-14)
    "But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them." (WIS 2:23-3:9)|Not long ago, my daughter brought home two pieces of art she made at preschool, one of which was accompanied by her ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, November 18, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-18)
    When peaceful stillness compassed everything and the night in its swift course was half spent,|Your all-powerful word, from heaven's royal throne bounded, a fierce warrior, into the doomed land, Bearing the sharp sword of ...
  • Reflection for Friday, November 17, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-17)
    Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will save it.|Luke|While on vacation, I accidentally caught a Boston College football game where fans were wearing or waving red bandanas saying ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, November 15, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Jorgensen, Diane (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-15)
    Today's first reading from Wisdom is an exhortation to those in positions of power and authority in the Mediterranean world a century before Christ. We may use different words or expressions today, but the same pleas arise ...
  • Reflection for Monday, November 13, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-13)
    In the early 1960s people were puzzled by a new German film, whose title had no words, just three digits: 491. In today's gospel reading Jesus talks about forgiving seven times in one day, but in a parallel passage in ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, November 16, 2017: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Hoover, Amy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-16)
    Reflecting on today's readings, the sentence "For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you" is what caught my attention.  I wrestled with this some, wondering what Jesus means by this.  I don't believe the Kingdom of God ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, October 7, 2017: 26th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-10-07)
    |It was the middle of the night—windy and rainy and I was about to have a baby.  It was my first pregnancy and my husband and I were feeling anxious and fearful because I was in labor four weeks early.  After a long battle ...
  • Reflection for Friday, October 6, 2017: 26th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    S.J, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-10-06)
    |I can easily relate to the theme of sin and repentance in today's readings. I know I've been guilty of failing to heed the voice of God, of turning away from God's precepts and of doing my own thing. I can point to specific ...

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