Browsing the August 2023 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

21st Sunday in OT - August 27, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/23/23

“Who do you say I am?” we hear Jesus ask his disciples and therefore asks us as well.  Who do you say that Jesus is?  We could probably give the same answer as Peter.  “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  We know what Peter could ... Read More »

20th Sunday in OT - August 20, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/16/23

In today’s first reading, we hear God tell Isaiah, “for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.”  We gather each weekend in our church, a house of prayer, and as the song goes, all are welcome to pray to God in praise, in petition, ... Read More »

19th Sunday in OT - August 13, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/10/23

At this time of year, the forces of nature can buffet us from every side.  Drought and forest fires, thunderstorms and floods, tornadoes and hurricanes, anything seems possible.  If we are in a vulnerable position, in a small boat at sea, we can find ourselves in grave danger.  Today ... Read More »

The Transfiguration of the Lord - August 6, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 8/05/23

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration.  This feast was inserted into the general calendar in 1457 by Pope Callistus III to celebrate the defeat, announced in Rome on August 6, of the Turks at Belgrade.  Matthew writes that when Peter, James, and John see Jesus transfigured and ... Read More »