Browsing the January 2022 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

4th Sunday in OT - January 30, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/26/22

In our gospel today, Jesus quotes Isaiah, Elijah, and Elisha.  Referencing these three prophets should be a ticket to being accepted by the people.  But when Elijah told the king that the Lord would bring three years of drought, then left to save the life of a foreigner, he ... Read More »

3rd Sunday in OT - January 23, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/19/22

For fifty years the Jewish people had been exiled in Babylon.  Most of the people gathered around Ezra, the priest, that day after their return, had never worshipped in Jerusalem before, never worshipped in so large a gathering, never worshipped in public.  They are hearing God’s word proclaimed openly ... Read More »

2nd Sunday in OT - January 16, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/13/22

January is not a common month for weddings in this country.  Do you think the weather has anything to do with it?  Nevertheless, a wedding at Cana in Galilee is at the center of today’s gospel.  It is at this wedding feast that Jesus performs his first miracle, changing ... Read More »

The Baptism of the Lord - January 9, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/05/22

I suspect that many of you have already taken down your Christmas tree and inside and outside decorations.  Actually the Christmas liturgy season does not end until today, when we celebrate the baptism of the Lord.  We now enter the ordinary season of the year.  Not until March 2, ... Read More »