Browsing the July 2022 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

18th Sunday in OT - July 31, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/27/22

During the week many of us work hard to make our lives more comfortable, aiming for a promotion or raise, earning enough to afford the finer things in life, putting money away for an easy retirement.  Today’s readings will give us the bit of shock we need to put ... Read More »

17th Sunday in OT - July 24, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/23/22

Every year on July 25th we celebrate the patronal feast of St. James the Greater, apostle and martyr.  We always pick the weekend closest to that date.  Thinking about what I myself write about for the bulletin, why not write why I love St. James Parish family.  I will ... Read More »

16th Sunday in OT - July 17, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/12/22

In a time when inns or restaurants or fast food places weren’t around, travelers had to rely on the hospitality of strangers when they journeyed far from home.  An upright person would be expected to provide for a traveler’s needs at a moments notice.  Abraham and Sarah fulfill this ... Read More »

15th Sunday in OT - July 10, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 7/06/22

Gathered together each weekend in our parish church we look around and see our neighbors, family, and friends.  Many of them are people very much like ourselves.  The neighbor in today’s Gospel, the good Samaritan, is not.  Samaritans were seen as outcasts by the Jewish people who frequented the ... Read More »