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    • Reflection for April 11, 2015: Saturday within the Octave of Easter. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-04-11)
      "Today we are six days past the challenge of Lent: the trauma of the crucifixion and the joy and celebration of the resurrection. As with the ebb and flow of major events and milestones in our daily lives, we may be ...
    • Reflection for February 20, 2015: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-02-20)
      The intentions of prayer, fasting and sacrifice for this first Friday of Lent are still strong. Yet we know as we proceed through this Lenten season that we will be tempted to give way to the cacophony of our daily cluttered ...
    • Reflection for Friday November 15, 2019: 32nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-11-15)
      |Today's Gospel reading can only be described as sobering. Indeed, our times today might seem like Noah's time where everyone seems distracted, distanced from God, unable to concentrate on what is important; that is what ...
    • Reflection for Friday October 5, 2018: 26th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-10-05)
      "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts"|Jesus used and still uses today many kinds of messengers to inform, guide and encourage us. The Psalmist asks "From your presence where can I flee?" And indeed the Lord ...
    • Reflection for Friday, April 20, 2018: 3rd Week in Easter. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-04-20)
      This reflection is coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection from Maureen McCann Waldron from 2009.|A special gathering with family and friends often centers around food. Certainly any one of us could eat alone, using ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 12, 2014: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-12-12)
      Today is the feast of our Lady of Guadalupe honoring Mary, the Mother of Jesus. It commemorates the appearance of Mary in 1531 to St. Juan Diego near Mexico City. He carried a message, at Mary's request, to build a church ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 21, 2020: 6th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-02-21)
      |Today's readings offer Christian believers clear and unambiguous guidance in our spiritual lives. They however are challenging in many ways to our ways of living and looking at the world.|The reading from the Second letter ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 5, 2021: 4th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-02-05)
      |The first reading today provides a discerning reader a series of guiding principles that at first glance seem like a list of 'rules' but include some truths that endure across generations of believers. Indeed, in today's ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 12, 2021: 3rd Week in Lent. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-03-12)
      |In today's Gospel from Mark, the Scribe asks, "which commandment is the first of all?" The two commandments that Jesus references are well known to us. The first is a declaration to the chosen people from Deuteronomy 6:5 ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 20, 2020: 3rd Week of Lent. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-03-20)
      This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection from Eileen Burke-Sullivan from 2008.|Among the many hopeful texts of the various prophetic books, today's first reading from the prophet Hosea is one ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 26, 2017: 6th Week of Easter. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-05-26)
      Suffering, sadness and despair can be a part of our human condition. Recently a dear colleague and friend who provided to me enormous personal and professional support was diagnosed with a terminal illness and in a very ...
    • Reflection for Friday, November 20, 2020: 33rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-11-20)
      |In metaphor, the eating of the scroll by John is a picture of him understanding the intent of Scripture and then applying that learning to experience by faith. Consuming the scroll is indicative of the importance of God's ...
    • 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 Monday, April 18, 2016: 4th Week of Easter. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-04-18)
      Can we hear the voice of the shepherd? Does the cacophony of our daily lives, the constant and sometimes overwhelming flood of input we receive drown out the voice of the shepherd?|Jesus, in today's gospel passage from ...
    • Reflection for Monday, December 16, 2019: 3rd week in Advent. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-16)
      |Voltaire once wrote (I imagine with tongue-in-cheek) that we should judge people more by their questions than their answers. Some people ask questions because they do not want to know the answers. In today's Gospel this ...
    • Reflection for Monday, January 16, 2017: 2nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-01-16)
      The message of today's gospel can be a bit elusive. At first, one might think that Jesus is condemning fasting per se. In fact, after the crucifixion, fasting has a place in the Christian community as it can serve to remind ...
    • Reflection for Monday, January 29, 2018: 4th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-01-29)
      Can you imagine a more unlovable human being than the man described in today's Gospel reading? Here was a person, full of sin, full of Satan, homeless, scurrying through the mountains, streets and graveyards naked.  He is ...
    • Reflection for Monday, June 29, 2015: Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-06-29)
      The first reading today from Acts (12:1-11) describes Herod's fatal persecution of James and his intent to kill Peter. Imagine the concern and fear of the early Church's disciples at the violence and slaughter against their ...
    • Reflection for Monday, November 20, 2017: 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-20)
      The scripture readings for today have a profound juxtaposition of despair and darkness followed by hope and salvation. In the First Reading, we see the horrible effects of turning away from God. Breakers of the law seduce ...
    • Reflection for Saturday October 12, 2019: 27th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Latta, Mark (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-10-12)
      |At first glance, today's Gospel might appear quite simple due to its brevity. However, there are multiple layers embedded in the clear message of the reading. Mary the mother of Jesus is central to this message. When we ...