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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 February 24, 2019: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Jorgensen, Diane (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-24)
    In last Sunday's gospel we heard Jesus' discourse to the disciples, Luke's version of the Beatitudes. Today's gospel continues this discourse with the same seemingly paradoxical, even absurd, directives for his followers. ...
  • Reflection for Friday February 22 2019: Chair of St. Peter, Apostle. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-22)
    Two feasts of the Latin Rite Liturgy that honor Peter's role of unifier and the Church's role as the historical expression of the Presence of God's Kingdom in the world (not the limits of the Kingdom, but a Sacrament of ...
  • Reflection for Saturday February 23, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-23)
    On the playground of my elementary school my classmates and I ran and jumped and let loose peels of laughter during our recess times -- a wonderful outlet for the overflowing stream of energy that runs through children. ...
  • Reflection for Sunday February 17, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Morse, Ed (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-17)
    Today's readings present vivid imagery for comparison: barren bushes vs. verdant trees; parched lava vs. moist fertile soil; withering death vs. fruitful life; hunger and thirst vs. satisfaction; curses vs. blessings; ...
  • Reflection for Thursday February 21, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kavan, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-21)
    Today's Gospel reading by Mark involves an interesting exchange between Jesus and his disciples. As Jesus and his disciples were walking toward Caesarea Philippi he asks his disciples, "Who do people say that I am?" They ...
  • Reflection for Monday February 18, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-18)
    When I was growing up in rural Iowa many years ago, I occasionally remember hearing adults and older adults saying things like, "Kids these days…I just don't understand them!" Now that I am one of those adults (and a parent ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday February 20, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-20)
    "He waited still another seven days and then released the dove once more; and this time it did not come back."|Genesis|Picture life on Noah's ark (assuming it was real rather than symbolic). Imagine a dozen people cooped ...
  • Reflection for Saturday February 16, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    McClure, Scott (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-16)
    Have you ever heard someone utter the words, "God will provide"? It's a comforting sentiment, to be sure; the thought that God is watching out for us and will give us what we need. If God provides for the birds after all, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday February 19, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    McMahon, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-19)
    Today's first reading and Gospel speak to me of how God, and faith in God, can pierce through the messiness of life.|There has always been sin on the part of humans – gluttony, cruelty, greed, lust, and much more – but the ...
  • Reflection for Friday February 15, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-15)
    It must be hard to be God and man. I felt that when I read today's Gospel. Jesus is preaching and people ask him to lay his hands on a deaf man with a speech impediment. Jesus takes the man away from the crowd and heals ...
  • Reflection for Monday February 11, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-11)
    There is a scene in the movie, Brother Sun and Sister Moon, where Pope Innocent III speaks with Francis of Assisi. In the movie the pope says to the future saint (I am paraphrasing) that we have spent so much time focusing ...
  • Reflection for Thursday February 14, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Hoover, Amy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-14)
    Today's Gospel story from Mark is sometimes confusing to people.  I remember a time when I was outraged that Jesus would speak to anyone, let alone a woman, like that, calling her a dog.  It made me question what could ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday February 12, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-12)
    The simple prayer of the Psalmist in Psalm 119 is the focus of my reflection today.  "Incline my heart, O God, to your decrees."  After taking a course in Ignatian Spirituality here at Creighton, it seems to tie in well ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday February 13, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-13)
    Psalm response: O bless the Lord, my soul!|What Jesus means here on the literal level is obvious when he speaks about what goes into a man or comes out of a man, but He takes it to another level that we might describe in ...
  • Reflection for Sunday February 10, 2019: 5th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-10)
    Today's gospel is a kind of biblical "fish story", containing an important point for us to contemplate.  Normally, fish stories deal with things like the big Northern Pike that got away right at the end of an enormous ...
  • Reflection for Thursday February 7, 2019: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-07)
    In today's Gospel, Jesus gives the 12 disciples some rather stern marching orders: They are sent out, two by two, to drive out demons and preach repentance, but they are not allowed to take anything for the journey but a ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday February 6, 2019: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-06)
    This is a reflection from Don Driscoll, S.J., for this day in 1999.|Today's Gospel scene evokes a feeling in me that perhaps we've all experienced.  Mark presents Jesus returning to his hometown, Nazareth.  Because the ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday February 5, 2019: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-05)
    I see today's readings as typifying how Jesus and the Christian Community build on the whole of Salvation History.|The beginning of today's text from the Epistle to the Hebrews suggested that the readers were being watched. ...
  • Reflection for Friday February 8, 2019: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-08)
    The recipients of the Letter to the Hebrews were folks who were flagging in their commitment to faith and the Christian life.  The author addresses their lack of faith in the sacrifice and priesthood of Jesus.  Hebrews has ...
  • Reflection for Saturday February 9, 2019: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Brock, Mary (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-09)
    I am tired.  Here in the middle of the United States the days are short and the temperatures are cold.  I am tired of stepping cautiously on icy sidewalks and scraping car windshields and putting on layers of clothing ...

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