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    • Reflection for Friday, December 10, 2004: 2nd week in Advent. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-12-10)
      Today's readings offer a difficult promise. "If you would hearken to my commandments," writes the prophet, "your prosperity would be like a river." So also the psalmist assures, "blessed is the man who follows not the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 14, 2000: 14th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000-07-14)
      Today's readings are puzzling. On the one hand, Matthew confronts us with warnings that preaching the Christian gospel will put us at risk. On the other, the reading from Hosea invites repentance. At first glance, these ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 6, 2003: 7th week in Easter. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-06-06)
      Back when I was teenager and a newly converted member of the Christian community, I recall a particular sermon that explained to me for the first time that there were two Greek works for love in use in this particular ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 8, 2007: 9th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-06-08)
      Tobit is an unusual book, not widely read. It is also one of the so-called apocryphal books that are not universally recognized by all Christians. The book is perhaps best known for the hymn of praise that Tobit sings in ...
    • Reflection for Friday, October 6, 2000: 26th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000-10-06)
      One of the things that often surprises me in my students is the assumption that understanding God should be easy. Organic chemistry ought to be hard, calculus ought to be hard, but theology ought to be easy. It isn't.||I ...
    • Reflection for January 10, 2002: Thursday after Epiphany. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-01-10)
      Many years ago a wise person once told me that we become what we do. By this he meant that there is a deep connection between our actions and the kind of person that we actually become. At the time I heard this I was ...
    • Reflection for March 10, 2000: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000-03-10)
      When dinner is late in my house, my wife and I can usually count on at least one of our children having some kind of emotional outburst. The style and extremity of these tantrums depends upon the personality of the particular ...
    • Reflection for March 31, 1999: Wednesday of Holy Week. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 1999-03-31)
      There are times when the lectionary surprises. Following precedent set by the New Testament itself, it has long been the practice of the Christian Church to understand the "Servant" of Isaiah in the light of Christ. The ...
    • Reflection for Monday, April 2, 2001: 5th week in Lent. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-04-02)
      How interesting it is to juxtapose the story of Susanna with the story of the adulterous woman. The contrast between the two women could not be more clear. Susanna is completely virtuous and guiltless, while the woman in ...
    • Reflection for Monday, May 9, 2005: 7th week in Easter. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-05-09)
      As we approach the feast of Pentecost, our readings increasingly reflect the marvel of the Spirit's intervention in the gathering of the Church. In the reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus predicts that the disciples ...
    • Reflection for Monday, November 10, 2003: 32nd week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-11-10)
      Pope St. Leo the Great may be a doctor of the church, but few of us, when pressed, would be able to say anything at all about him. Leo was pope from 440-461. During his pontificate the council of Chalcedon met in Asia Minor ...
    • Reflection for Monday, September 10, 2007: 23rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-09-10)
      In a famous scene in the play 1776, John Adams, after encountering serious resistance to his visions for America's future, is depicted singing the words "does anybody see what I see, does anybody care?" Adams experiences ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, August 2, 2003: 17th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-08-02)
      Both of these readings are likely to be familiar to readers of these reflections. However, at first glance they do not seem to work well together. What does the proclamation of the year of jubilee in the book of Leviticus ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, February 19, 2005: 1st week in Lent. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-02-19)
      Deuteronomy, along with Leviticus and Numbers, are not texts frequented by Christians in search of consolation or challenge. As we close this first full week of Lent, however, this short passage from Deuteronomy 26 captures ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, February 22, 2003: Chair of St. Peter, Apostle. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-02-22)
      Some months ago regular visitors to this web site may recall the celebration of the feast of the Lateran Basilica. In my reflection that day, I meditated upon the possible reasons the church might have for dedicating a ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, February 4, 2006: 4th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2006-02-04)
      The word of the day is listening. Solomon went to Gibeon; the Apostles, with Jesus, went away to "a deserted place to rest and to pray". The goal of the journeying was reflection. Solomon wished to know how he could rule ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, February 7, 2000: 4th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2000-02-07)
      Today it is perhaps the psalmist who offers us the key to understanding the meaning that emerges from Mark in the light of Kings. "Let us enter," the author writes, "into his dwelling; let us worship at his footstool."||My ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, January 20, 2001: 2nd week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-01-20)
      In recent days we have been gifted with a series of readings from the Letter to the Hebrews. Although for many today this is an obscure and difficult text, in the ancient church it was a favorite because it speaks so ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, January 3, 2004: 2nd week in Christmas. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-01-03)
      On of the things that many people in the Christian community find most difficult is accepting God's love for them. We tend to have a fairly well-developed sense of our own failure and it is easy to read the opening lines ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, July 23, 2005: 16th week in Ordinary Time. 

      O'Keefe, John (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2005-07-23)
      It is certainly true that God shines forth from Zion, perfect in beauty, but the rays of that heavenly illumination fall upon a world steeped in complexity. Ours is a world being redeemed, not by the sacrifice of bulls, ...