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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 Saturday, January 23, 2021: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-23)
    |The world is dotted with stunning cathedrals. Some took centuries to build, and all are beautiful must-see destinations, whatever your religion.|St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, and the Duomo ...
  • Reflection for Friday, January 22, 2021: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-22)
    Collect for Mass for Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life: God our Creator,|we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb;|grant, we ...
  • Reflection for Monday, January 4, 2021: Monday after Epiphany. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-04)
    Who? "…the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light,|On those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death, light has arisen."|Isaiah|When was this written?  Last month?|During the past – almost a year – we, in our ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, January 3, 2021: Second Sunday of Christmas. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-03)
    |As I reflect on today's readings, I look outside on fresh fallen snow and there is sunshine adding sparkle to a crisp winter day in Nebraska.  It's absolutely beautiful and very bright!|The light is what adds hope and joy ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, January 3, 2021: Epiphany of the Lord. 

    Amu, Vivian (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-03)
    |My friends, co-heirs, co-partners, fellow travelers…….Christ is with us, and we are filled with joy and hope.  As the Christmas season will soon conclude, today's readings invite us to reflect upon what has been revealed ...
  • Reflection for Friday, January 1, 2021: The Octave Day of Christmas, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-01)
    |"God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law to transom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." - Galatians|When strangers used to see me with my son from India and my daughter from ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, January 2, 2021: 2nd Week of Christmas. 

    Samson, Beth (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-02)
    |"I am not the Christ." These five words, John the Baptist's first response to those asking who he is, are the simple truth. My response to "I am not the Christ" is Thank God! There is Love greater than mine. There is ...
  • Reflection for Monday, January 4, 2021: Monday of the Second Week of Christmas. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-04)
    |I am most drawn into the first exchange between Andrew, the other disciple, and Jesus in today's Gospel:|"What are you looking for?"|"Where are you staying?"|"Come, and you will see."|That first question, "What are you ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, January 9, 2021: Saturday after Epiphany. 

    Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-09)
    "Christ has no body now but yours.|No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world.|Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, January 5, 2021: Tuesday after Epiphany. 

    Hopp, Larry (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-05)
    |How does God reveal himself to us?  Is some sort of epiphany required for each of us to truly know God – to give our hearts wholeheartedly to our Savior?  Today's reflection provides some in depth insight to that question.|As ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, January 13, 2021: 1st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-13)
    |In the first reading, the writer to the Hebrews emphasizes that Jesus shared in our human nature. We, the children of God, share in blood and flesh. Therefore, Jesus came in the flesh and had blood coursing through his ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, January 6, 2021: Wednesday after Epiphany. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-06)
    |Beloved, if God so loved us,|we also must love one another. ...|God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him. ...|There is no fear in love,|but perfect love drives out fear. 1 John 4 |"Take ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, January 10, 2021: Baptism of the Lord. 

    Gabuzda, Rev. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-10)
    |Here is My Servant|Once again, the wonderful days of the Christmas season have filled us with confidence and hope through the Good News of the Gospel: "The Word became flesh and dwelled among us."  This Word is Jesus, ...
  • Reflection for Monday, January 11, 2021: 1st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-11)
    |This passage from Mark's Gospel follows his presentation of John the Baptist, John's ministry, Christ's Baptism, and the time Christ spent in the desert discerning what it all meant – and all of this in his first 13 ...
  • Reflection for Friday, January 8, 2021: Friday after Epiphany. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-08)
    |I write these things to you so that you may know|that you have eternal life,|you who believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 4|"Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean." |Jesus stretched out his hand, touched him, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, January 12, 2021: 1st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Hoover, Amy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-12)
    |Today's gospel from the first chapter of Mark has me thinking about authority.  In this early story of the gospel, Jesus is very quickly setting himself apart from others.  People are noticing that he is different.  He ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, January 5, 2021: Tuesday of the Second Week of Christmas. 

    Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-05)
    |The first reading is a simple but profound reminder on the centrality of love in our Christian life. Our lives following Jesus Christ can be summarized in one sentence: "We should love one another." We are not to follow ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, January 7, 2021: Thursday after Epiphany. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-07)
    |In my part of the world, the dawning of new year brings resolutions – to lose weight, to start that exercise program, to be more organized. I have made a lot of these resolutions in the past. By the end of the first week ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, January 16, 2021: 1st Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-16)
    |Sitting at the simple dinner table with my French host mother Yolande and her toddler Maylise during a study abroad semester in college, our fourth dinner guest was always the French-English Dictionary. During the majority ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, January 20, 2021: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Morse, Edward (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-01-20)
    |Today's readings take us back to the time of Abraham and the mysterious figure, Melchizedek.  Genesis 14 provides a detailed account that is helpful to recall.|Enemies had ransacked the city, carrying away goods and people, ...

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