Browsing the September 2022 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

27th Sunday in OT - October 2, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/28/22

Often we feel that our faith is weak, unable to overcome all our doubts or give us the confidence to face our trials.  Jesus’ closest friends, his apostles, may have felt the same way.  Today we hear them ask Jesus to increase their faith.  Jesus responds by issuing them ... Read More »

26th Sunday in OT - September 25, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/21/22

“Too late!”  We often use that expression after something does or does not happen that we wish did.  While he was alive, the rich man in today’s Gospel ignored the beggar Lazarus at his gate.  Now he suffers in torment.  In death a great chasm separates him from paradise.  ... Read More »

25th Sunday in OT - September 18, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/14/22

We live in a society that considers the accumulation of material wealth to be a worthy goal.  Even if we are not greedy, we want to be able to provide for our families and for ourselves and free ourselves from the worry of being unable to pay the bills.  ... Read More »

24th Sunday in OT - September 11, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/07/22

In today’s Gospel we hear the Pharisee’s anger at Jesus for welcoming sinners and eating with them.  Jesus turns their criticism on its head by telling them three parables (Lk 15:1-32) that show how much joy God finds in one repentant sinner.  The magnitude of God’s mercy can be ... Read More »