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    • Reflection for April 10, 2012: Tuesday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012)
      The gospel reading for today invites us to view the Resurrection through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. I find it very easy to identify with Mary because she is so human. She is very emotional and she vigorously reacts to ...
    • Reflection for April 14, 2009: Tuesday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2009)
      The joy that we experience at Easter is enhanced by the gospel accounts of the joy felt by those who were privileged to see the risen Jesus on Easter day. Today St. John directs our attention to Mary Magdalene who, according ...
    • Reflection for April 2, 2002: Tuesday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002)
      Today's gospel reading invites us to view the story of the resurrection through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. I find it very easy to identify with Mary because she is so human. She is very emotional and reacts vigorously to ...
    • Reflection for April 7, 2010: Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2010)
      The gospel reading for today provides us with a retrospective look at the events of Easter day. The words of Cleopas about the events in Jerusalem make it clear that this was a very significant day for him and for everyone ...
    • Reflection for Friday, April 8, 2005: 2nd week in Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005)
      Throughout his public life here on earth, Jesus drew large crowds to follow him on his travels around the land of Israel. The miracles that Jesus worked and the preaching and teaching that he did caused the crowds to follow ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 21, 2001: 3rd week in Advent. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      Today as I begin to prepare this reflection I am very aware of several things. One is that it is now three months since the terrible events of September 11th. Another is that in the land of today's gospel story, the hill ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 13, 2009: 5th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2009)
      As I reflect on today's readings I am somewhat uncomfortable because in the first reading I am confronted with the question of guilt. All of us unfortunately experience guilt. That feeling of responsibility or remorse for ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 4, 2005: 4th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005)
      Today the gospel reading from Mark focuses our attention on John the Baptist and specifically on his death. I asked myself what does the life and death of John the Baptist say to me? After some prayer and reflection, I ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 17, 2003: 1st week in Ordinary Time. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003)
      Some stories from the life of Christ lend themselves well to the imagination. One such story is in the gospel reading for today. Whenever I read this passage from Mark's gospel, I imagine the scene where the paralytic is ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 19, 2007: 2nd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007)
      In our modern world it is increasingly difficult for one person to manage a great enterprise all alone. We often hear of terms like consultants, analysts, and board of directors. These terms refer to those who help chief ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 25, 2013: Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013)
      Today we celebrate the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. The first reading for today describes Paul's conversion. The lectionary for today proposes two alternate readings. They are fairly similar, but I have ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 27, 2003: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003)
      As I read over today's scripture readings, I was struck by the fact that the virtue of humility is very evident in these readings. In today's world many people put a premium on fame. They want to become famous, or failing ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 15, 2013: 4th week in Lent. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013)
      All of us experience times when we speak with another person or persons to explain something and no matter how hard we try, they fail to get the point we are trying to make. I can think of times during my youth when I had ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 16, 2007: 3rd week in Lent. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007)
      The days of Lent are passing quickly and we are now about halfway in our Lenten journey. Today's scripture readings reflect the fact that we are in the midst of Lent. In these readings there are three lines, one from each ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 23, 2003: 5th week in Easter. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003)
      As we look at the world around us, we see bitterness, hatred and strife. The recent war in Iraq, the state of affairs between Israel and her neighbors, and the unsettled conditions in many parts of the world all testify ...
    • Reflection for Friday, November 30, 2007: St. Andrew, Apostle (34th week in Ordinary Time). 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007)
      Today is the feast of St. Andrew the apostle. In the gospel reading St. Matthew tells us how Jesus called Andrew, Peter, James, and John to follow him and become apostles. As I read this text I am struck by the importance ...
    • Reflection for Friday, October 17, 2008: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2008)
      The gospel reading for today begins with the words of Jesus. On this occasion we are told by St. Luke that Jesus spoke first to his disciples.||As I pondered the words of Jesus I was drawn to the following sentence: "I ...
    • Reflection for January 5, 2001: 2nd week in Christmas. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      All people crave love. In today's readings the apostle John talks about love, and what it means. He tells us how we came to understand what love is. We learn about love from Christ who lay down his life for us. Just think ...
    • Reflection for January 7, 2012: Saturday after Epiphany 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012)
      A wedding is a joyous occasion. Not only the bride and groom, but also their families and all the invited guests enjoy and celebrate a wedding. The celebration usually goes on for hours after the wedding ceremony. In some ...
    • Reflection for March 3, 2001: Saturday after Ash Wednesday. 

      Bannantine, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.. Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001)
      When I read about the call of Levi to be an apostle, I find it easier to identify with him than with most of the other apostles. I am not a fisherman or a country person like most of the apostles. But, like Levi, I am a ...