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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 Friday, May 28, 2021: 8th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Morse, Edward (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-28)
    |As we approach Memorial Day in the U.S., many will visit cemeteries to honor the dead. We know some of them personally, others only by stories, and still others only from the information on their tombstones.  We pause to ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, May 26, 2021: 8th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Samson, Beth (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-26)
    |In praying with today's readings I felt moved, inspired, and enlivened. Yet, the more I sat with them, the more I recognized the impact that power and privilege have in my engagement of the text. In today's Gospel, Jesus' ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 23, 2021: Pentecost. 

    Gabuzda, Rev. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-23)
    |You Also Testify|The fire that was ignited in the hearts of those who experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on that first Pentecost has continued to illuminate the world until now.  The effects of that Holy Spirit's ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 24, 2021: Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. 

    Costanzo, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-24)
    |Today we honor and celebrate the life of Mary, mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church.|Our Blessed Mother Mary was a remarkable woman. I have a beautiful print given to me as a gift from my daughter purchased from the ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 20, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Fussell, Ronald (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-20)
    |May they all be one as you, Father, are in me and I in you (John 17:21)|As a scholar who studies Catholic schools, one thing that has always interested me is the idea of Catholic schools as faith communities.  In these ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, May 22, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-22)
    |Both of the readings for today's liturgy are literally last words.  The first reading contains St. Paul's voice concluding the Acts of the Apostles; and the Gospel of John closes with a question by St. Peter.  Peter and ...
  • Reflection for Friday, May 21, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Grassmeyer, Kimberly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-21)
    |In today's New Testament reading from John, the Risen Christ spoke to Simon Peter asking about his love. Simon appears to have been a bit incredulous at the question. Of course, of course! "Yes Lord, you know that I love ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, May 25, 2021: 8th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-25)
    |Today's Gospel reading is very rich, although it might not look like it at first. Jesus is heading toward Jerusalem and a painful, shameful death; he is clearly aware of it and still strides on. Those closest to him are ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 27, 2021: 8th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-27)
    |In today's gospel reading one can easily recognize three actors: the blind man, the crowd and Jesus. There is something we can learn from each one of these actors.|The blind man teaches us honesty in owning his need of ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 31, 2021: Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-31)
    |A gift is not really received until it is shared.  If it is good enough to be given and received, then it is more than good enough to be offered to others.  The more valued the gift is, the more it is not to be hidden. ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 30, 2021: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-30)
    |It's Trinity Sunday. God is revealed as Father and Son and Holy Spirit – all three.  As Moses says in the first reading, "Ask now of the days of old, before your time, ever since God created man upon the earth; ask from ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, May 29, 2021: 8th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-29)
    |In Mark's first chapter the crowds are amazed at how Jesus speaks with authority and touches their hearts; they recognize the truth of what he says, without asking for his credentials, and turn to him in hope. In John's ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, May 19, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Hamm, Dennis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-19)
    |This morning, when I consider the Liturgical readings assigned to Wednesday of the week before Pentecost, I recognized that those readings are parts of "farewell addresses"— Luke's narrative of Paul's farewell to the ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, May 16, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Wirth, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-16)
    |So they proposed two, Judas called Barsabbas,|who was also known as Justus, and Mathias . . . Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the eleven apostles.|Acts of the Apostles|This ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 13, 2021: Ascension of the Lord. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-13)
    |My favorite depiction of the Ascension is Salvador Dali's The Ascension: Pietá, 1958. This has been a fruitful image for visio divina for me, so I invite you to spend some time just looking at it and noticing what is ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, May 15, 2021: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-15)
    |The readings during Easter season always challenge me to consider what it would be like to have lived at the time of the Apostles. As I read of the various activities of the early believers, I often wonder how I would be ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, May 18, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-18)
    |I have known people who want to be liked by everyone. This desire can make it hard to know what they truly believe. Take politicians, for example. When I am with an anti-gun crowd, I want to see laws enacted that ban ...
  • Reflection for Friday, May 14, 2021: Saint Matthias, Apostle. 

    Janky, Gladyce (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-14)
    |Everyone in the community gathered around Peter.  Rising, he said, "My brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand (Acts 1:16)."  Peter explained a new apostle must take ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, May 13, 2021: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-13)
    This reflection is coming soon. Until then, this is a reflection from Jeanne Schuler on this date in 2018. Come Back to Life "You will grieve, but your grief will become joy." (John 16: 20) "You who were lost have now been ...
  • Reflection for Monday, May 17, 2021: 7th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-05-17)
    |The world has been so different over the past year as people around the globe struggle with the pandemic that has upended and taken lives. There is much sorrow and pain still as the pandemic continues to rage in parts of ...

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