Browsing the August 2022 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

23rd Sunday in OT - September 4, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/31/22

On this holiday weekend, as we recognize the blessings of human labor and of all those who work, whether they are paid or unpaid, we are also inspired to take part in the Lord’s work.

Jesus has a sobering, even shocking, warning to would be disciples in today’s Gospel.  ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in OT - August 28, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/24/22

Every Mass we celebrate we are guests at a wedding feast, invited by our Lord.  Our Gospel tells us to accept this invitation with humility.  Humility is the opposite of pride.  When we allow pride to take over in our lives, we are dishonest.  We lie about ourselves by ... Read More »

21st Sunday in OT - August 21, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/18/22

It is no accident that the words “disciple” and discipline come from the same root in Latin; disciplina meaning “teaching.”  Learning begins with discipline.  We need it when we are tempted to compromise our behavior, or ignore our conscience and do something we shouldn’t, or fail to do something ... Read More »

20th Sunday in OT - August 14, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/10/22

We like to think of Jesus bringing peace and joy, healing and inspiration as he traveled from village to village with his disciples.  But at this point in Luke’s Gospel he is making his way to Jerusalem, where he knows what he will face, and his message has become ... Read More »

19th Sunday in OT - August 7, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/05/22

It is a mistake to think that we wait for Jesus in the same way we wait for anything else in life, for Jesus is already present with us as we wait.  Jesus arrives for us every day of our lives.  He often comes in the person of someone ... Read More »