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    • Reflection for April 12, 2007: Thursday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2007-04-12)
      A reflection technique that I recently rediscovered is to slowly read the passages I am using and underlining key words and phrases that strike me as I read. I then return a second time and read the selected passages, ...
    • Reflection for April 21, 2001: Saturday in the Octave of Easter. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-04-21)
      "It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."||Today's readings cause me to reflect on the depth of faith we are called to exhibit, and our need to express that faith. It also causes me to recall ...
    • Reflection for April 8, 2020: Wednesday of Holy Week. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2020-04-08)
      |Holy Week, 2020, and a pandemic rages across the world.  Go back 102 years to April, 1918 (Easter was on March 31 that year) and the inception of what would become the world-wide flu pandemic. An April public health ...
    • Reflection for December 24, 2012: 4th week in Advent. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-12-24)
      Many times when I reflect on the readings for the day, before I begin to write my thoughts, I will return to the fuller passages in the bible, or look online for some additional context to help me understand the selections. ...
    • Reflection for February 22, 2012: Ash Wednesday. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-02-22)
      Welcome to Lent! Once again we commence our annual ritual of turning away (or at least attempting to turn) from those forces in our lives that pull us from God so we can concentrate on those parts of our lives that pull ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 16, 2016: 3rd Week of Advent. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-12-16)
      Here we are in the third week of Advent.  I like the focus of the Isaiah reading on "keep the Sabbath free from profanation" – what does that mean in 2016?  I recall growing up at a time when the civil "encouragement" of ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 27, 2019: Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2019-12-27)
      |John starts his gospel (Chapter 1) with the words "In the beginning."  His first epistle also commences with similar words today – "What was from the beginning."  This construct harkens back to Genesis 1 – "In the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, December 29, 2017: Octave of Christmas. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-12-29)
      John doesn't mince words in his epistle – don't be a hypocrite.  If you say you are following Christ, but you are not living His commandments, then you are not in union with Him.  If you say you love your sister, but you ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 1, 2013: 3rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-02-01)
      I like this excerpt from Hebrews for several reasons. When you read it in context, it is clear that the author is encouraging and exhorting the reader to persevere. The author is arguing that the reader has received the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 19, 2021: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2021-02-19)
      |I suspect for most of us, fasting is not part of our ongoing spiritual activities.  Certainly, when Lent rolls around we engage (some more diligently than others) in fasting.  But for the remainder of the year, the practice ...
    • Reflection for Friday, February 21, 2003: 6th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-02-21)
      Strategic and operational planning is the process of focusing attention on courses of action that lead an organization, a group of people, or even an individual person, toward a desired end. While many factors come to bear ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 15, 2016: 1st Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-01-15)
      Today is the first week of liturgical "ordinary time."  But is any time truly "ordinary" if we are aware of God's presence in our lives?  If we stop to reflect, aren't the simple acts of tying a shoe, sharing a meal, ...
    • Reflection for Friday, January 26, 2001: 3rd week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2001-01-26)
      As I write this I have just returned from the Memorial Mass of the Resurrection for Fr. Neil Cahill, S.J.. Fr. Cahill was a Jesuit for 58 years, a priest for 44 years, and here at Creighton University for 38 years. Many ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 19, 2002: 15th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2002-07-19)
      It's summer. It is very hot in Omaha, and very dry. There are cracks in the ground and my yard feels as hard as concrete when I walk across it. Trees hang listlessly, and the little breeze we receive carries a hot breath ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 21, 2006: 15th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2006-07-21)
      When we first realize that death comes to us all, to those we love and to our own selves, it can be a very emotional moment. We often don't have warning or time to prepare, either for their death or our own. We respond ...
    • Reflection for Friday, July 27, 2018: 16th Week of Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018-07-27)
      The parable of the sower is presented in three of the four gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke – and in almost the same words and format. All three first relay the initial presentation by Jesus to the crowd of followers, and ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 25, 2004: 12th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2004-06-25)
      Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!||I sit by the stream |and watch the water and clouds roll by. |In that land of my birth I see |what you have created. |Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! |In ...
    • Reflection for Friday, March 27, 2015: 5th week of Lent. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-03-27)
      "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and he heard my voice."|This psalm response comes at a good time for me.  It is a reminder to let go of stress before it becomes distress.  As we all know, stress from job, relationships, ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 2, 2003: 2nd week in Easter. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2003-05-02)
      Why were there leftovers? What happened to them?||I haven't always wondered about the leftovers, but it is curious that Jesus feeds over 5,000 people and there were 12 baskets of food remaining. Couldn't He have made the ...
    • Reflection for Friday, May 4, 2012: 4th week in Easter. 

      Purcell, Tom (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-05-04)
      The coordinator of our Daily Reflection site gives those of us who volunteer deadlines for when our reflection should be submitted to her. I admit that I was late this time, and so when I sat down to write this reflection ...