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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 Tuesday, June 2, 2020: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-02)
    |I remember once meeting someone in my formative college years who refused to pay taxes because of his disagreements with how the government was choosing to use those funds. He claimed his retirement plan was to write a ...
  • Reflection for Monday, June 8, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Chiacchere, Colleen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-08)
    |These last few months, I have been working alongside some new "coworkers" as I navigate working from home and mothering three young children, all in the same space. I have found myself explaining more of my daily activities ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, June 6, 2020: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-06)
    |In today's gospel Jesus teaches about the scribes who are describes as those who "go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces, seats of honor in synagogues, and places of honor at banquets."  Scribes ...
  • Reflection for Friday, June 5, 2020: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-05)
    Today's Gospel takes place in the temple area somewhat after Jesus' triumphal arrival in Jerusalem. It is the continuation of the other Gospel readings of the week. In the previous passages, first some Pharisees and ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, June 7, 2020: Solemnity of the Holy Trinity. 

    Schuler, Jeanne (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-07)
    The Many Sides of Love God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. (John 3: 16) Moses climbed Mount Sinai to pray.  There in a cloud stood the Lord.  The Lord assured Moses: I am mercy, kindness, and faithfulness.  ...
  • Reflection for Monday, June 1, 2020: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-01)
    |Woman, behold, your son.|Behold, your mother.|For we judge people's virtue not by their sex but by their character, and we hold those to be worthy of the highest glory who have renounced both rank and wealth. It was for ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, June 4, 2020: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-04)
    |The words quoted by Jesus in today's gospel reading are those of the Shemá Israel (hear, Israel) [Dt. 6: 4-5] engraved in the heart of every faithful Israelite. Those words were recited every morning upon waking up and ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, June 27, 2020: 12th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-27)
    |Who would think that two little words could have such a negative connotation? Two little words that can make you feel like the lowest scoundrel, cheat, liar, and all-around bad person. In fact, the synonyms include, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, June 9, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Tucci, Candice, O.S.F. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-09)
    |Being Mortal, is a best-selling book written by Dr. Atul Gawande. Nowadays, how could a title like this not be so popular? Dr. Gawande was also featured on the PBS news journal, Frontline. This past semester I was invited ...
  • Reflection for Friday, June 12, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-12)
    |These readings were challenging – perhaps some of the challenge relates to these unprecedented times – a time when I along with many others are asking some difficult questions.  I heard someone the other day say that God ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, June 11, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-11)
    |We live in turbulent times, with chaos in so many parts of the world.  In the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has burrowed into the consciousness of our society, bringing out the best and worst in people.  The basic social ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, June 13, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Hopp, Larry (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-13)
    In these challenging times, how are we seeing our world?|At first glance, today's readings seem to make little sense to me in these times of pandemic fear.  Yet as our amazing God always does, they are exactly what is ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, June 16, 2020: 11th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-16)
    |I read through these readings and began letting them simmer on May 28, 2020. Because I don't pay enough attention to the news, not much was coming up (this was three days after the killing of George Floyd). Then, over the ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, June 10, 2020: 10th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-10)
    |In late February, 2020, I left the United States with a group of people from Creighton and Regis Universities as a participant in a pilgrimage to Spain and Italy.  The focus of the pilgrimage was to walk in the footsteps ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, June 14, 2020: Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ / Corpus Christi. 

    Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-14)
    "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."|As I sat with these readings several weeks ago, all's I could think of was how the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years.  Were they so hard ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, June 17, 2020: 11th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-17)
    |We are all spending a lot of time in our inner rooms these days. Perhaps too much time. I for one would rather be spending more time in the churches/synagogues and on the street corners, perhaps armed with a prophetic ...
  • Reflection for Monday, June 15, 2020: 11th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Zaborowski, Joe (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-15)
    |Much has passed in the last few weeks. The Corona virus seems to have peaked but the economic and mental impact is far from over: Two violent deaths that have caught our national attention and riots throughout the country. ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, June 18, 2020: 11th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-18)
    And So We Pray…|According to the Liturgical Calendar we are in the season of 'Ordinary Time'.  However, there is nothing ordinary about these times.  We are in the midst of a pandemic of Coronavirus,|COVID-19.  Hundreds ...
  • Reflection for Friday, June 19, 2020: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-19)
    |Devotion to the heart of Christ, as a symbol of God's perfect love for all humanity, lives deeply within the tradition of mystical or spiritual theology in the Christian Tradition.  The passage in John's Gospel, close to ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, June 21, 2020: 12th week in Ordinary Time. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-21)
    |The last Sunday we celebrated in Ordinary Time was February twenty-third and then came Lent, followed by Easter Time and then the two special solemnities of the Holy Trinity and The Body and Blood of Jesus. So we are back ...

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