Browsing the 2021 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

Corpus Christi - June 6, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 6/02/21

Every time we gather for the Eucharist, we offer simple gifts of bread and wine that become Christ’s Body and Blood for all to share.  These basic staples of food and drink that we bring to the table at Mass become the flesh and blood of our Savior.  His ... Read More »

Trinity Sunday - May 30, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/27/21

How many times in your life have you made the sign of the cross?  Every time we enter the church, begin the Mass, begin any prayers, or receive a blessing we say “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”  It is ... Read More »

Pentecost Sunday - May 23, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/19/21

I might begin today by wishing everyone a Happy Birthday!  After all, this is Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, breathing life into the Church.  It seems doubly important this year as we are finally returning to normal life after these many months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I ... Read More »

Ascension - May 16, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/11/21

Today we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord into heaven.  This marks a clear new direction in the lives of the disciples.  Jesus, the teacher, showed them how to preach and teach and reach out to the sick, the poor, and the suffering in his name.  Prior to this, ... Read More »

6th Sunday of Easter - May 9, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 5/05/21

What beautiful readings we have on this holiday of Mother’s Day.  John, in his first letter invites us to “love one another.”  Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.  What a wonderful definition of God.  He is the totality of love.  For many of ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/30/21

The Gospel passage takes place at the Last Supper, Jesus’ final meal with his friends before His death.  He had just dismissed Judas after announcing he would betray Him.  He also had already told Peter that he would deny Him three times before morning.  The other ten would abandon ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter - April 25, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/21/21

On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday.  We recall Jesus’ promise to protect us from harm; to rescue us when we stray and to guide us home at the end of the day.  Ultimately Jesus laid down his life for us, as he told his ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter - April 18, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/15/21

As we celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter we once again proclaim, “We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.”  Whatever our circumstances may be, or the circumstances of the world, we gather today in joy because our Lord truly rose from the dead, conquering death and ... Read More »

Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/10/21

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter celebration.  However, we are not done celebrating yet.  We took 40 days of Lent to prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with hearts and minds renewed.  Now we take fifty days, now through Pentecost, to rejoice in the presence of the ... Read More »

Easter 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/05/21

Christ has risen, Alleluia.  He has truly risen, Alleluia!  This is the greeting and response that Christians have given to one another on Easter morning.  Our Lord has conquered death and redeemed us from our sins.  For nearly two thousand years, we celebrate it as if it is happening ... Read More »