Browsing the January 2023 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

5th Sunday in OT - February 5, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/31/23

Last week, in the middle of our snowstorm, we heard Jesus teach the Beatitudes declaring whom God has blessed.  Uniting that passage with today’s adds another dimension to what we are called to do.  We can enlighten others with the lessons of the Beatitudes like a light on a ... Read More »

4th Sunday in OT - January 29, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/26/23

We’ve all heard the expression, “History repeats itself.”  Time and time again, the people and their leaders fell away from the ideals of God’s covenant with humanity.  Selfishness or arrogance, fear or hate, sin or evil lead people to turn toward self-preservation or self-aggrandizement.  It happened in Zephaniah’s day under ... Read More »

3rd Sunday in OT - January 22, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/18/23

Almost every day or every week, is national something day or week.  You name it, and there will be an occasion for it.  To my surprise, today we celebrate the Sunday of the Word of God.  It was established just four years ago to remind us that scriptures are ... Read More »

2nd Sunday in OT - January 15, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/10/23

We call this period of the liturgical year Ordinary Time.  But this time after Christmas is not ordinary at all.  It is now that we learn about the first days of Jesus’ public life.  In today’s Gospel, John testifies that the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized ... Read More »

Epiphany - January 8, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 1/05/23

Have you ever gone to a party or a gathering with a gift, only to arrive and realize that the gift is wholly inappropriate for the recipient or the occasion?  Imagine what the magi felt with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh when they walked into the stable ... Read More »