Browsing the 2021 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

Palm Sunday

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/05/21

It was a year ago at this time that the COVID-19 pandemic closed down our opportunity to gather and celebrate the most important events in our Lord’s life and in our own, Holy Week.  As we begin today, this most sacred time, we do so with great joy and ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent - March 21, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/17/21

In what we call the old church, this week marks the beginning of Passiontide.  The crosses and statues in church were covered until the beginning of the Easter Vigil.  In our Gospel today, Jesus announces that His hour has come.  The Son of Man will now be glorified through ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent - March 14, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/11/21

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare), a time to rejoice in anticipation of the joy we will experience on Easter.  We remain a people of peace and happiness because we believe that our God loves us despite our sinfulness and failures.  Afterall, he loves us so much ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent - March 7, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/05/21

On this, the Third Sunday of Lent, we hear of the foundations of our faith.  First we are reminded of the commandments God gave the chosen people to guide them in their daily living.  St. Paul, in our second reading, explains how Jesus’ self-sacrifice was neither foolish nor weak, ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent - February 28, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/25/21

On this Second Sunday of Lent the Church always gives us, in the Gospel, the account of the transfiguration.  Jesus knew that his agony and death were not far away.  That is why Jesus had Peter, James, and John go to the mountaintop to witness the glorious outcome after ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent - February 21, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/18/21

The holy season of Lent opens before us.  The first Sunday of Lent always has the Spirit leading into the desert of repentance to search our hearts, hoping to resist what is evil and to embrace all that is good.  Forty days from now we will find ourselves at ... Read More »

6th Sunday of OT - February 14, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/09/21

As we gather on this, the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, both the first reading and the Gospel deal with the illness of leprosy, not exactly the subject we hoped to hear about on Valentine’s Day.

In Jesus’ day the word leprosy was used for a broad range of ... Read More »

5th Sunday of OT - February 7, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/03/21

Well we certainly got our taste of winter last Sunday.  About 5:30 AM Donna texted me and asked if we were going to have Mass or not.  I said I’d drive over and see how things were.  Afterall, I have an SUV.  Meanwhile, getting stuck in my driveway answered ... Read More »

4th Sunday OT - January 31, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/28/21

This is the fourth Sunday of the Ordinary season of the year.  Mark leads us from the baptism of Jesus, to the selection of the disciples, to the beginning of our Lord’s mission in Capernaum.  Immediately on the Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach.  ... Read More »

3rd Sunday OT - January 24, 2021

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/28/21

Did you ever know someone who inspired great confidence in you?  When I was five years old, I asked my pastor, Fr. Max Adamski, if I could start serving Mass.  His response was, “Come next Sunday and you can begin.”  Ever since then I wanted to be a priest.  ... Read More »