Browsing the 2021 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

Assumption of Mary - August 15, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/11/21

Today is the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time of the church liturgical calendar.  This being August 15th, it is also the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  This is also the meditation for the fourth decade of the joyful mysteries of the rosary.  At the end ... Read More »

19th Sunday in OT - August 8, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/09/21

Today we continue hearing Jesus explain to the disciples, the curious, and the skeptical, that he is the bread of life sent from heaven to give his body so that we may have life forever.  Often the First Reading from the Old Testament is foreshadowing what Jesus and His ... Read More »

18th Sunday in OT - August 1, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/29/21

What if you never had to worry about where your next meal is coming from?  What if you didn’t have to work hard to put food on the table, never had to go to the store to buy food and drink, and you never had to prepare the meal ... Read More »

Feast of St James

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/22/21

Today is the 17th Sunday in the Ordinary Time of the Church calendar.  It is also the feast of St. James the Great.  (Greater-in the sense of older, taller, and first called, to distinguish him from St. James the Less, or younger son of Alpheus.  Not more important).  And ... Read More »

16th Sunday in OT - July 18, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/15/21

Summer time is a good opportunity to relax, to rest, and be renewed.  It’s a break from the daily routines of life.  In our Gospel, the Apostles came back from their mission and reported to Jesus what they had done and taught.  Time to go away to a deserted ... Read More »

15th Sunday in OT - July 11, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/07/21

We have responded to the call of the Lord by gathering each weekend in our church to worship God, to listen to the Word and to share in the Eucharist.  At the end of Mass we hear the dismissal “Go forth, the Mass is ended.”  (By the way that ... Read More »

14th Sunday in OT - July 4, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/29/21

We gather together today before the Lord and along side of one another to listen to God’s word and to share in the Eucharistic meal.  In remembrance of Jesus’ wonderful gift of his very self, we join in communion with the Church around the world.  We also celebrate this ... Read More »

13th Sunday in OT - June 27, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/24/21

Who of us has not experienced sickness or death?  If not ourselves certainly a family member or friend.  Jesus has the power to bring healing to the sick and new life to those on the threshold of death.  Whenever we find ourselves in need of new life, turn to ... Read More »

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - June 20, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/16/21

Happy Fathers Day!  It is certainly appropriate on this holiday weekend to talk about fatherhood.  And in light of Pope Francis declaring 2021 as the year of St. Joseph, what better person to have as a model to follow God’s plan than Joseph knowing of his great trust in God.

In all of scripture there is not one word that Joseph spoke.  He was a man of action.  God chose this man to be the spouse of Mary and the foster father of His son, Jesus.  Joseph embodies every aspect of a true father.  He is the provider of the family, he is defender of the family's well-being and he is faithful to God’s direction in his life.  In this time in history, when the family is constantly under attack, St. Joseph assists us in understanding the importance of the family roles and the contribution that they make in development of our character and well-being.  Jesus himself probably worked alongside Joseph many years doing carpentry work and learning a trade.  He recognized the value of labor and the contribution it makes to our entire society.  And our Lord also watched Joseph in the faithful practice of faith.  No greater gift can a father give his children than instilling in them a devotion to ... Read More »

11th Sunday in OT - June 13, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/09/21

As school is coming to an end and graduations are taking place, Jesus the rabbi and teacher, continues to teach all of us using parables.  A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.  Mark, in his Gospel, has Jesus asking the question, “To ... Read More »