Browsing the July 2019 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

“are you willing to drink of Christ’s chalice”?

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/31/19

Prior to our Gospel reading for the feast of St. James, our Lord spoke of the prediction of His passion and death.  Despite hearing Jesus’ remarks, the disciples still did not understand his message about the kingdom of God.  It was not to be an earthly kingdom of power, ... Read More »

Treat strangers kindly

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/15/19

It is the kind of story that everyone loves to hear:  An ordinary person treats a stranger kindly and the stranger turns out to be a famous person.  A waitress receives a $1,000 tip from an ordinary customer, an Uber driver helps a stranger whose car is broken down ... Read More »

Good Samaritan

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/15/19

If someone were to call you a “good Samaritan” you should take that as a great compliment.  That name has been synonymous with being kind, generous, and going out of your way to help others.  This parable of the good Samaritan answers the question “who is my neighbor?”  The ... Read More »

Bring the Good News

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/15/19

A few days ago, we celebrated the 4th of July.  For many, it marks the fact that we are half way through summer.  And the way the weather has been, it seems like it just started.  It’s a time of year when many of us go on vacation.  Perhaps ... Read More »