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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 June 2, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Amu, Vivian (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-02)
    At first glance, the readings of the Seventh Sunday of Easter look like endings, and are somewhat anticlimactic; so, I closed my eyes.  I wanted to feel different about the readings, so I asked someone else to read them ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday June 5, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Lierk, Kyle (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-05)
    In the poignant moment of the Gospel of John just before Jesus goes willingly to the garden where he knows the inevitability of his arrest and ensuing crucifixion are waiting for him in the form of a bitter kiss, he does ...
  • Reflection for Monday June 3, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Shirley, Nancy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-03)
    This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection by Eileen Burke-Sullivan from 2015.|During this period between the Feast of the Ascension and Pentecost Sunday, the Church challenges us to consider ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday June 4, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Butterfield, George (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-04)
    Sometimes it can be hard to be a messenger - an intermediary, especially when you have bad news or a message that will make you unpopular. We all want to be loved. So, the temptation for the messenger is to shave off the ...
  • Reflection for Sunday June 2, 2019: Ascension of the Lord. 

    Scholer, Steve (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-02)
    A Parting Gift On a TV game show the announcer often gives a "parting gift" to the losing contestants. It is a nice way of saying, "Since you did not win the Grand Prize, we want you to have something to remember us by." ...
  • Reflection for Thursday June 6, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Dilly, Barbara (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-06)
    The readings for today had me thinking about how we know that the Lord is with us and how does God help us to get through our tribulations and stay steadfast in our faith?  In other words, how does faith sustain us on a ...
  • Reflection for June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday. 

    McClure, Scott (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-09)
    As a former teacher, I remember vividly how the end of the school year gets crazy. Few types of tired rival the sheer fatigue found in a classroom in May. I found myself lacking the energy for long, elaborate prayers, but ...
  • Reflection for Monday June 10, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-10)
    Today's Gospel reading has Jesus teaching us a powerful message in his words and gives us profound hope in part of the symbolism in the manner of his death.|At the end of his life, Jesus even in the agony of his crucifixion, ...
  • Reflection for Friday June 7, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Drzaic, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-07)
    For today's Gospel I found myself applying the Ignatian technique of placing myself in the narrative.  It immediately brought to my attention the tendency to be annoyed when repeatedly asked the same question, though I ...
  • Reflection for Saturday June 8, 2019: 7th Week of Easter. 

    Maynard, Angela (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-08)
    Today's gospel describes an interaction between Jesus and Peter.  Peter is very concerned about how Jesus feels about another disciple.  Peter seems to feel somebody will become Jesus' 'favorite'.  Jesus refuses to entertain ...
  • Reflection for Sunday June 16, 2019: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. 

    Burke-Sullivan, Eileen (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-16)
    Most of the feasts of the liturgical year focus on aspects of the Mission of Christ, or the work of the Spirit, or the work of specific members of the Church, such as the Blessed Mother, the Apostles or various saints. The ...
  • Reflection for Thursday June 13, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Shanahan, Tom, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-13)
    A couple of weeks ago, I was treated to a wonderful and joyous event: in a formal liturgical setting, a First Communion service for six children, all around 8 years old. Two of the communicants were my Great-Grand nephews, ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday June 11, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-11)
    One of the things I find amazing about reflecting on the daily readings is how I often get drawn into a word, a phrase, or a sentence. Sometimes it feels very random to get so drawn to a short phrase that on the surface ...
  • Reflection for Friday June 14, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Alexander, Andy, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-14)
    We hold this treasure in earthen vessels,|that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4|"You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery.|But I say to you,|everyone who looks at a ...
  • Reflection for Tuesday June 18, 2019: 11th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Kalkowski, Julie (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-18)
    As I read and reread today's scriptures, I kept tripping over the word "perfect".  After too many blind alleys, I reminded myself not to "let perfect be the enemy of the good".   Once I got past "perfect", I realized just ...
  • Reflection for Saturday June 15, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Howard, Joan (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-15)
    Just Imagine!|The fifth chapter in Matthew's gospel begins with Jesus giving the 8 Beatitudes to the "crowd". The Beatitudes are teachings regarding how to live into the 'Kingdom of God'. A picture of what life would be ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday June 12, 2019: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    McMahon, Cindy (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-12)
    Being a spirit-of-the-law person myself, my heart responds with joy to Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. With his Pharisee background and having been a persecutor of Christians, Paul knows very well the letter of ...
  • Reflection for Monday June 17, 2019: 11th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Whitney, Tamora (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-17)
    I used to be a music minister, so when I look at the readings, I often think about what music I would choose to sing for Mass. Today I would sing "Seek the Lord" by Roc O'Connor. The first verse is "Today is the day and ...
  • Reflection for Wednesday June 19, 2019: 11th Week in Ordinary Time. 

    Grassmeyer, Kimberly (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-19)
    What a blessing to spend time with the readings for today. It has been my experience that the Reading, Psalm and Gospel are not regularly as well aligned as they are in this case, focusing so obviously on the opportunity ...
  • Reflection for Sunday June 23, 2019: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). 

    Gillick, Larry, S.J. (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-06-23)
    "Blessed are You, Lord God of all creation."|The presider at the Catholic Eucharistic liturgy begins the offering of bread and wine at the offertory with these words. It is taken from the prayer within the Jewish tradition ...

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