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    • Reflection for Friday, August 8, 2014: 18th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-08-08)
      |I feel like today’s Gospel (in conjunction with yesterday’s) has a lot to say to us about expectations. Yesterday, Simon Peter recognized Jesus as the Son of the living God, but his expectations of what that meant were ...
    • Reflection for Friday, June 20, 2014: 11th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-06-20)
      |"For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." This seems to be the key phrase in today's Gospel reading and I can't help but be reminded of Fr. Pedro Arrupe's famous quote about falling in love. He was the ...
    • Reflection for January 8, 2015: Thursday after Epiphany. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-01-08)
      These readings got me thinking about journeys.  On Sunday we heard about the journey of the Magi, but today we see a different kind of journey.  We see that Jesus has journeyed through life itself, and we see him now decades ...
    • Reflection for March 3, 2017: Friday after Ash Wednesday. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-03-03)
      On Ash Wednesday, we heard about the HOW of fasting, and we return to that theme today.  Maybe more specifically we're talking about how not to fast.  We are reminded that we shouldn't carry ourselves in a way that ensures ...
    • Reflection for Monday, April 7, 2014: 5th week in Lent. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-04-07)
      |The contrast between today's readings from Daniel and John show us clearly, I think, the kind of new order and new way of being that Jesus came into this world to inaugurate, one where we are called to mercy and compassion ...
    • Reflection for Monday, December 5, 2016: 2nd Week of Advent. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-12-05)
      I see today's first reading from Isaiah as an invitation, one that encompasses all of life, really, but is offered to us in a particularly meaningful way here in Advent.  The reading uses language of "return," so to me ...
    • Reflection for Monday, March 11, 2013: 4th week in Lent. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2013-03-11)
      Today's first reading, from Isaiah, speaks about things being made new - the Lord is going to create new heavens and a new earth. We can read this in a literal sense in that the world and the condition of creation is ...
    • Reflection for Monday, May 8, 2017: 4th Week of Easter. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017-05-08)
      There is a lot going on in today's Gospel reading that has pretty deep meaning and implication for the Christian faith, including things about the relationship between Jesus and God the Father, crucifixion and resurrection, ...
    • Reflection for Monday, September 28, 2015: 26th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-09-28)
      I see two powerful statements in today's reading from Luke.  First, there is the argument among the disciples about who is the greatest.  We can imagine that the character of this debate probably focused on the things we ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, July 5, 2014: 13th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-07-05)
      |In reflecting on today's readings, I can't seem to get the words of the Psalm out of my mind: "The Lord speaks of peace to his people." Not only are they beautiful, lyrical words, but the message they convey is also one ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, June 27, 2015: 12th week of Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-06-27)
      Today we hear stories of God working in dramatic and even miraculous ways.  I am not at all saying that things like this can't or won't happen in our lives, but I think one of the key lessons to take away from these readings ...
    • Reflection for Saturday, May 21, 2016: 7th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-05-21)
      Prayer and healing.  These are the two main themes that emerge from today's first reading from James.  Are you suffering?  Pray.  Are you cheerful?  Pray.  Are you sick?  Pray.  This is what we are told.|This is easier ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, April 16, 2015: 2nd week of Easter. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-04-16)
      These readings today from Acts and John caused me to think about authority, and that can be a very tricky subject to wade into.  What is authority and where does it come from?  How do we recognize it?  What examples of ...
    • Reflection for Thursday, September 22, 2016: 25th Week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-09-22)
      Well, there is plenty of pessimism in today's first reading, that's for sure.  We are basically told that life is drudgery, endless toil that wears us down until we pass away and are replaced by the new generation that ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, August 4, 2015: 18th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015-08-04)
      I've always found it difficult to see the main message in today's Gospel reading from Matthew 15, about Jesus walking on the water and inviting Peter to do the same.  There is nothing in our human experience to suggest ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, March 22, 2016: Holy Week. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016-03-22)
      Through this week's readings, from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter, we have both the advantage and the challenge of knowing how the story ends.  We know Easter is coming.  The Gospel today, however, reminds us that ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, October 21, 2014: 29th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-10-21)
      |Today we hear about waiting, something we don't often hear or like to hear in our fast-paced, twenty-first century lives.  We are so used to instant gratification today in our communication with family and friends, in the ...
    • Reflection for Tuesday, October 9, 2012: 27th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2012-10-09)
      Some decisions truly are momentous, while others are the smaller kind that over time build up into a larger whole. Today's readings illustrate the latter. Daily, there are different paths in front of each of us, as people ...
    • Reflection for Wednesday, February 12, 2014: 5th week in Ordinary Time. 

      Zimmer, Craig (University Ministry, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2014-02-12)
      Under the surface, today’s readings have a lot to say about the gifts or blessings that can potentially come from within. Yes, the first reading focuses largely on material gifts and wealth, and the second reading deals ...