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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 Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

    Naatz, Susan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-08)
    |Today we honor the birth of Mary.  From Franciscan media we read:   If Jesus is the perfect expression of God's love, Mary is the foreshadowing of that love. If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, September 9, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Chiacchere, Colleen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-09)
    |What amazing and beautiful readings we have today, on the feast day of St. Peter Claver. The readings are prescriptive in how we are to live as Christians. The first reading from St. Paul's letter to the Colossians calls ...
  • Reflection for Friday, September 3, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Morse, Ed (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-03)
    |Today's first reading speaks of the visible and invisible realms.  In my youth, I recall a science film that begins with young people sitting in a park.  The camera moves above and away from them, demonstrating exponential ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, September 1, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Crawford, David (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-01)
    |I will thank you always for what you have done,|and proclaim the goodness of your name|before your faithful ones.|R. I trust in the mercy of God for ever.|I am a pessimist, and my tendency is not to trust in God's mercy ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, September 7, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-07)
    |In today's reading, Luke speaks of Jesus' going off alone, praying, returning and calling, naming his twelve disciples.  Men who would become his followers and intimate friends. He calls them by name – some by their given ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, September 5, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Mason, Mirielle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-05)
    |In today's Gospel reading, we witness another instance of Jesus healing those in need. We see early on that some people brought a deaf man to Jesus. The man did not bring himself to Jesus and ask to be healed, rather those ...
  • Reflection for Monday, September 6, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Carney, Jay (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-06)
    |Here on America's Labor Day, I would like to start this reflection by encouraging all readers to keep holy the Sabbath. In our hyperactive, super-stressed, always-busy culture, there are few things we need more than a day ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, September 4, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Costanzo, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-04)
    |While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath,|his disciples were picking the heads of grain,|rubbing them in their hands and eating them.|Some Pharisees said,|"Why are you doing what is unlawful on the ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, September 2, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Kestermeier, Chas, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-02)
    |The setting for the gospel reading is fairly clear. Jesus is teaching the crowds, which grow enough that he asks the fishermen, whom he would seem to know somewhat personally, to let him preach from their boat. He then ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, September 12, 2021: 24th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Cherney, Mike (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-12)
    |In the first reading, Isaiah gives a reflection on virtuous suffering. The Psalm is a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for deliverance from desperate situations. The second reading serves as a reminder of the importance ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, September 11, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    McClure, Scott (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-11)
    |When my siblings and I were young, a popular consequence my mom would pass down for misbehavior was writing sentences. And she had a favorite:|Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.|Of ...
  • Reflection for Friday, September 10, 2021: 23rd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Zuegner, Carol (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-09-10)
    |Today's Gospel is one that, to be honest, made me squirm a bit. And I think that is just what Jesus intended. I know I am prone to judge others. I measure myself by what I see in others; often, I do it to make myself feel ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 17, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Janky, Gladyce (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-17)
    This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is reflection from our archives by Andy Alexander, S.J. for this day in 2011. It is I who sent you. - Judges 6 "It will be hard for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of ...
  • Reflection for Friday, August 20, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-20)
    |The Pharisees in Jesus' time were considered law abiding citizens. In today's Gospel they come to Jesus after He had silenced the Sadducees in the previous verses of Matthew. They intend to silence Jesus with a rather ...
  • Reflection for Saturday, August 21, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-21)
    |Jesus' words in Matthew give us great food for thought: Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.|Motivational speakers and ...
  • Reflection for Thursday, August 19, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Braddock, Suzanne (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-19)
    |HERE I AM, LORD. I COME TO DO YOUR WILL. Many are invited but few are chosen.|I Imagine a beautifully hand written envelope shining like a jewel among the junk mail I usually get! It stands out. I can't wait to open it. ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday, August 18, 2021: 20th Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Rodriguez, Luis, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-18)
    |In recent gospel readings, like the feeding of the multitude with only five loaves and two fishes, we have seen a clear disproportion between what we can contribute and what God can do with our contribution. Today's reading ...
  • Reflection for Friday, August 27, 2021: 21st Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Tucci, Candice, O.S.F. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-27)
    |This is the will of God, your holiness: That you refrain from immorality… not to take advantage of or exploit a brother or sister in this matter…Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, ...
  • Reflection for Sunday, August 29, 2021: 22nd Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Mattingly, Molly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-29)
    |This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection from Mary Lee Brock from 2015 .|It is back to school time and the store shelves are brimming with fresh new school supplies.  Bright colored pencils and ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday, August 24, 2021: 21st Week of Ordinary Time. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-08-24)
    |The Latin Rite Church invites us to celebrate the Feast of Bartholomew (in John called Nathaniel) one of the named twelve apostles in the Synoptic Gospels.  Bartholomew/Nathaniel is a close friend or relative of Philip ...

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