Browsing the December 2021 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

The Epiphany of the Lord - January 2, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/29/21

Just when you think the Christmas season is over, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord.  The Greek word itself means manifestation.  So in many countries of the world this solemnity is their Christmas, since our Lord is revealed to the Gentile, non-Jewish world.  While the scripture never really ... Read More »


Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/21/21

We come to church to celebrate our Lord’s birth.  On Sunday, we expand that celebration to his immediate family, the Holy Family.  Mary and Joseph cared for their son, raising Him in the religious traditions of their Jewish faith.  Luke says of Jesus after he is found in the ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent - December 19, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/14/21

We draw close to the end of this Advent Season of expectation, preparation, and waiting.  For three weeks we have been anticipating that glorious day that is now just around the corner.  Time to break from all the hustle and bustle that threatens to overwhelm the true meaning of ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent - December 12, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/08/21

Today, the Third Sunday of Advent, also known in Latin as Gaudete, we are to rejoice for we are more than half way through this season of preparation.  Spread the joy.  This is a dominant theme in the scripture today, with calls to shout it, sing it, cry out ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent - December 5, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/01/21

Our Gospel reading from Luke starts out in a strange way.  He mentions people like Lysanias and places like Trachonitis.  Why does he do that?  It was a way of showing the difference between before and after.  Just as our country memorializes 1776, or parents recall  the year in ... Read More »