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    • Reflection for Friday December 14, 2018: 2nd Week of Advent. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-12-14)
      Merry Christmas to you all during this wonderful time of year. I love the Christmas season because it offers a chance to spend more time with family and friends and be connected with one another in ways that our busy ...
    • 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 February 18, 2019: 6th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-02-18)
      When I was growing up in rural Iowa many years ago, I occasionally remember hearing adults and older adults saying things like, "Kids these days…I just don't understand them!" Now that I am one of those adults (and a parent ...
    • 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 Monday, November 14, 2016: 33rd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-11-14)
      Why is it so difficult to ask for help? It seems that society conditions us to think that in order to be strong and smart that we must do it ourselves, without help. Individualism pervades. We teach our children from a ...
    • 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, 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, 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 Sunday, September 3, 2017: 22nd Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-09-03)
      The readings for today are very powerful. There are accusations and even an argumentative tone about them. In Matthew's gospel reading I imagine myself in the shoes of one of the disciples. I see Peter take Jesus aside and ...
    • 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, 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, 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 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 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 ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, March 21, 2017: 3rd Week of Lent. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-03-21)
      After my first read of today's gospel in Mathew, my initial response to Peter's question was with regards to my own life situations. In other words, I asked myself, "How often do I forgive others?" I suspect this was a ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, December 23, 2020: 4th week in Advent. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-12-23)
      |In today's Gospel we read the wonderful story of John's birth to Elizabeth and Zechariah. It reminds us how God was with them and those around them as witnesses of something special. Special because God blessed them with ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, June 8, 2016: 10th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Lenz, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-06-08)
      Raised Eyebrows|One of my favorite things to do while reading the gospel is to imagine how Jesus would sound as if I were actually sitting with Him and listening. My imagination often takes me to hearing a soft and comforting ...