Browsing Thoughts from Fr. Bob

20 OT - August 16, 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/12/20

Today we gather together, as we do each weekend, whether in person or through the TV, as the body of Christ.  As always we worship God, setting aside this sabbath time to be nourished with God’s Word and Eucharist to strengthen us on our journey to the kingdom.  In ... Read More »

19 OT - August 9, 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/06/20

We just set a record for the largest amount of rain-fall in August.  My mom was dreadfully afraid of storms.  Perhaps it was because as a child their house and barn were destroyed by a tornado.  The family came out of the storm cellar and everything was gone.  Is ... Read More »

18 OT - August 2, 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/29/20

Many of the thousands of people who were sick and hungry, walked for miles from towns all over Galilee just to see and hear Jesus.  How fortunate, we can join our Lord at the Eucharistic table.  While we are still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have room at ... Read More »

17 OT - July 26, 2020

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/24/20

In today’s readings we encounter a number of people whom fortune smiles upon.  Solomon, heir to King David’s throne, is visited by God, who promises him whatever he wishes.  In the Gospel, a random person discovers buried treasure and a merchant searching for fine pearls find a pearl of ... Read More »

16 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/24/20

It is a great pleasure in the middle of these summer months to sit back and listen to stories.  We began last week in Matthew’s Gospel Chapter 13 where he gives us seven parables.  These stories make our Lord’s teachings about the kingdom of God more memorable than a ... Read More »

15 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/07/20

Here we are already in the middle of Summer.  How is your garden growing?  Our reading today speaks of seed growing and maturing.  While the rain and sun nourish the plants to grow, much depends on the kind of soil they are planted in.  We gather on the weekend ... Read More »

14 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/01/20

As we gather together on this 4th of July holiday weekend let us rejoice in the freedom Jesus offers us from our heavy burdens.  We hear our Lord’s comforting words, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Let those words ... Read More »

13 OT

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/24/20

This is the time of year when students complete their schooling and celebrate with a graduation ceremony.  Often a famous politician, sports figure, movie star, or other noted person is asked to give words of advice to the graduates as they move on to a new phase in their ... Read More »

OT 12

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/19/20

We are back to green colors for the vestments and the surrounding environment.  It tells us we are in the ordinary liturgical season.  Not in the sense of ordinary or routine, but the ordered events in the life of our Lord.  Prior to this we were celebrating Lent, Holy ... Read More »

Corpus Christi

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/10/20

If we’re fortunate, we spend some time each day eating together with family and friends.  It may be with just one other person; it might be with a large family.  We may often eat with coworkers or even neighbors.  But the Eucharist is the one occasion at which we ... Read More »