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Browsing the December 2023 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

Holy Family - December 31, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/27/23

When Jesus was born into the world, he was born into a family.  Today we celebrate the Holy Family, a model for us all to emulate.  Do we love and respect our children as Joseph and Mary did their Son?  Do we love and honor our parents as Jesus ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/27/23

Every so often the fourth week of Advent consists only of one day: the fourth Sunday of Advent.  This is one of those years.  The fact that this Sunday falls on Christmas Eve is a wonderful opportunity for us all.  On this day, may the Word of God we ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Advent - December 17, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/11/23

Throughout this Advent season we are called to prepare for the Lord’s coming by repenting our sins, removing obstacles that make it difficult for us to recognize his approach, and remaining watchful for his arrival.  But, today we rejoice (in Latin Gaudete) because we focus on the knowledge that ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Advent - December 10, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 12/05/23

It is in the passage we hear in the first reading that Mark chooses in part to open his Gospel, which he calls “the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.”  This is very telling.  His goal in writing this account, the first of the Gospels to be ... Read More »