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    • Reflection for Saturday, March 29, 2003: 3rd week in Lent. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-03-29)
      One of the temptations of Lent is to see our self-denial as a test of personal will power. We may want to see how strong we can be and if we can actually gut it out until the end of the season. I have had experiences in ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, May 29, 1999: 8th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1999-05-29)
      In the New Testament the leaders of Israel often appear as foolish, narrow-thinking buffoons. In today's Gospel the chief priests and the scribes are caught in a trap. If they identify the baptism offered by John the Baptist ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, November 3, 2007: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-11-03)
      Passages like the one presented to us today from Paul's letter to the Romans are nearly impossible to understand without some knowledge of the historical realities of the first century. Many people have the impression that ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, November 9, 2002: Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-11-09)
      in Rome 8-9, 12a|Those unfamiliar with Catholic Christianity may find themselves wondering why on this day we have readings dealing with Temples and a feast dedicated to a building. The answer, for once, is not complicated. ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, October 16, 2004: 28th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-10-16)
      Oddly enough, when I read today's texts I find myself thinking of an old song by the 70's band Pink Floyd. In it, the lead singer chants, "I have become comfortably numb." I don't really remember what the song is about, ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, December 27, 2007: Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-12-27)
      It's two days after Christmas and our Gospel reading today suggests resurrection. This is wholly appropriate. Very few were able to see who Jesus was when he was born. For most, that reality can only be grasped over time. ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, January 13, 2005: 1st week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-01-13)
      It is already thirteen days into the new year and many of us are probably balking under the weight of our new year's resolutions. If we have not caved already, we may be on the brink. Sooner or later, for most of us, the ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, January 2, 2003: 2nd week in Christmas. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-01-02)
      Today is the feast of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nazianzus, both doctors of the church. Basil and Gregory were both born Cappadocia, a region in the middle of the Anatolian plateau of west-central Turkey. They ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, July 1, 2004: 13th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-07-01)
      It would seem that our texts today wish us to reflect upon the consequences of sin and God's power to both prosecute and forgive. This is certainly true. In the passage from Amos we learn of a prediction of wrath coming ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, June 23, 2005: 12th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-06-23)
      I pondered the readings for today I found myself wondering what happened to Ishmael. To get a quick answer I wandered down the hall to talk to my colleagues who teach Old Testament. One of them said, "He became a wild ass ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, May 1, 2003: St. Joseph the Worker, Memorial. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-05-01)
      Poor Saint Joseph. Few biblical saints are given less credit than he. The reasons are obvious. In the tradition, Mary is the Mother of God, but Joseph is, well, the carpenter from Nazareth, the husband of Mary. We can't ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, November 8, 2001: 31st week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-11-08)
      Whenever one reads these particular verses from Paul it is tempting to leap right away into an Augustinian reflection on the pervasiveness of sin and the universal need for grace. I am so tempted but I will defer, at least ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, October 4, 2001: 26th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-10-04)
      "The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart," proclaims the responsorial psalm. "The law of the Lord is perfect," writes the psalmist. Because of this, Erza the scribe encouraged the people to celebrate when the law ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, August 23, 2005: 21st week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-08-23)
      One of the problems with texts that revile the Pharisees is that they habituate us into thinking that they are the bad guys of the Bible who have nothing to do with us. The truth is, not every Pharisee was the hypocritical ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, August 6, 2002: Transfiguration of the Lord. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-08-06)
      In the Eastern Church the Feast of the Transfiguration is one of the most important Christian holy days. For a variety of reasons it has never enjoyed quite the same status in the West. This is a pity, for the feast really ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, August 8, 2000: 18th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000-08-08)
      I cannot read this gospel without thinking of the second Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back. At one point Yoda suggests to Luke Skywalker that he use the Force to extract his crashed fighter from a swamp. Luke looks ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, February 17, 2004: 6th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-02-17)
      Today's readings make me feel a bit like the disciples described in the Gospel: "do you still not understand?" Jesus' words are quite obscure, and I sympathize with the poor disciples who seem completely dense and lost. ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, February 20, 2001: 7th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-02-20)
      Sirach's wisdom is harsh and blunt: "when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials." My initial reaction to this text is to blurt out, like one my children, "that's not fair." Why should service to God bring ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, February 5, 2002: 4th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-02-05)
      My first reaction to today's readings, especially the text from Samuel, was compassion. One cannot help but feel David's pain. Not only did he have to deal with the pain of a rebellious son, he also had to contend with his ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, July 30, 2002: 17th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-07-30)
      Ordinary Time seems to stretch like and endless horizon from the end of Easter to the beginning of Advent. Unlike the shorter period between Christmas and Lent, this section of time, is more like the summer days in which ...