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    • Reflection for Friday, January 5, 2018: 2nd Week of Christmas. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-01-05)
      I love the story in today's gospel by John telling about Jesus' dialogue with Nathanael. It makes me imagine the wonder and awe that these men must have felt as Jesus came and called each of them one-by-one to join him. I ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 26, 2021: 5th Week of Lent. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-03-26)
      |I grew up in a relatively small rural town in Iowa in the 1970s and 80s. When I think of my childhood experiences, it was pretty awesome. I had a great family, there was always food on the table, and I could ride my bike ...
    • Reflection for Monday, August 1, 2016: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-08-01)
      Over the course of my lifetime I have heard the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 many times. But, having the opportunity to write a reflection about the story allowed me to spend more time with the story and actually reflect ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, April 25, 2020: Saint Mark, Evangelist. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-04-25)
      |My reflection on the readings of the day usually draw me towards the gospel. Today's gospel reading from Mark certainly has a great deal of good stuff to reflect upon as Jesus ascends into heaven and his disciples go forth ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, August 11, 2018: 18th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-08-11)
      As I read today's gospel and reflect, I am thinking about my mother because today is her birthday. She is an awesome lady who continues to live a full life, mostly doting on her grandchildren and playing golf with her ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, August 29, 2020: Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-08-29)
      |As I reflect on the readings from today, my thoughts cannot seem to make it past the first line of the first reading. The first line of this passage by Paul says, "Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters." What a ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, December 5, 2015: 1st week in Advent. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-12-05)
      As I read Isaiah's first reading I cannot help but picture in my mind what the people of Jerusalem must have felt about his writings. What would it feel like to hear that someone was coming that would give you all your ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, June 26, 2021: 12th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-06-26)
      |I thought I would start off my reflection of today's Gospel with a little confession. I am a life-long catholic and attended a catholic elementary school, high school, and college. But, it wasn't until I read today's ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, May 20, 2017: 5th Week of Easter. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-05-20)
      I would like to start this reflection by saying how much I love it when the gospel readings include direct quotes from Jesus. They help me picture Jesus in living color as if I were present with Him during that time. As I ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, October 11, 2021: 28th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-10-11)
      |Today's story in the Gospel of Luke seems to have many messages. And, I must admit, I read it a few times to see if I could wrap my arms around all that is there. But, as I continued to read and reflect on the messaging ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, December 29, 2019: The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-29)
      This reflection will be coming soon. Until then, here is a reflection on this feast from Maureen McCann Waldron from 2013.|When I was a young wife and mother, I could never find the time to pray.  Each day was so full and ...
    • Reflection for Sunday, February 23, 2011: 7th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-02-23)
      |As I read Matthew's gospel for today I was met with mixed emotions. The further I read into it, the more energized I became. I felt like I was in the locker room at halftime during a big game and our Head Coach was rallying ...
    • Reflection for Thursday August 8, 2019: 18th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-08-08)
      Today, in Matthew's Gospel reading there are a few instances where Jesus talks with his disciples about how God communicates with them. The first is when he asks them, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" Of course, ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, April 19, 2018: 3rd Week in Easter. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-04-19)
      |In John's gospel writings from today, we read about Jesus telling his followers that the path to God, the Father, is through him. He relates himself to bread and even calls himself, "the bread of life." We have heard this ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, June 28, 2018: 12th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-06-28)
      Over the past several weeks, I have had the pleasure of reading Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be Glad), an apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis. It is a wonderful piece on the call to holiness in today's world. I ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, November 30, 2017: Our Lord Jesus Christ The King, Solemnity. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-11-30)
      Today 's gospel story from Matthew is a short one, but I feel like the message is big. Like so many gospel stories, this one is about trust. In this short narrative, Matthew tells us how Jesus calls first to the two brothers ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, October 29, 2020: 30th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-10-29)
      |The messaging from Jesus in today's Gospel from Luke gave me lots to think about and consider in my own life. As usual, it took me a couple of reads and turning my intellectual brain off to understand the message. But, ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday October 22, 2019: 29th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Thomas (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-10-22)
      |Many times when I read parables from the gospels I have a difficult time understanding what they mean. I usually read them a few times and let them "soak-in" to try and uncover their meaning. The gospel reading from today ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, June 30, 2020: 13th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-06-30)
      |Today's story in Matthew's gospel is likely a familiar one to most people. Jesus goes out in a boat with his disciples and the sea's turn for the worse. The disciples are scared and believe they may die and all the while ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, March 15, 2016: 5th Week of Lent. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-03-15)
      Less is More|As I read through John's Gospel for today, I could not help but think of the saying, "less is more." Not because of the number of words that John uses, but because of a phrase Jesus uses. As Jesus explains to ...