Browsing the September 2023 archive of Thoughts from Fr. Bob

26th Sunday in OT - October 1, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/27/23

It certainly does seem unfair that a virtuous and good person can be undone by a single instance of sin. Ezekiel insists in our first reading, that the Lord does not see it as we do.  It is wise to use this example as a reminder to not be ... Read More »

25th Sunday in OT - September 24, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/20/23

In today’s parable Jesus tells his disciples the story of a landowner and the workers he hires.  But as we know, the symbolism of a parable stands for something else.  The landowner represents God, we are the workers, and the vineyard is the world.  What’s the work and customary ... Read More »

24th Sunday in OT - September 17, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/13/23

Peter, being the impetuous student of the Lord, asks him how often do I have to forgive my brother or sister? Seven times?  At the time, it was thought by the rabbis that three times was enough.  Seven was also seemed to represent completeness.  But Jesus shocks Peter when ... Read More »

23rd Sunday in OT - September 10, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/10/23

Today’s Gospel reminds us of how important it is to gather with the Church each weekend for Mass.  Jesus assures his disciples that “wherever two or three are gathered in His name, He is there with them.”  Our confidence in his promise assures us that Jesus is here with ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in OT - September 3, 2023

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 9/05/23

Today, as we honor all those whose labor enhances our lives and the lives of others, we recognize the holiness of the work we do.  Whether we labor for an employer or company, for our own families, or both, we set aside our own desires to expend our time ... Read More »