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Easter Sunday - April 17, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/12/22

Christ is risen, alleluia!  He is truly risen, alleluia!  The dramatic action of the Triduum climaxes today with the first reports of the miraculous news.  He is not dead!  He has been raised!  Our Savior has conquered death and been raised to new life.  Since we are all baptized ... Read More »

Palm Sunday - April 10, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 4/07/22

Here we are in Holy Week, the most sacred time in the life of the Church.  We begin with palm branches (blessed) symbolizing the welcome Jesus received as he entered Jerusalem.  In riding upon a colt, newly pressed into service, and with people spreading their cloaks on the road ... Read More »

5th Sunday of Lent - April 3, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/30/22

As we approach the holiest time of the year, we are afforded the opportunity to realize how transformative God is.  Again and again, God has transformed the world and the human race, never as much as when raising Jesus from the dead.  But God also transforms us individually in ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent - March 27, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/23/22

On this fourth Sunday of the Lenten season, called Laetare Sunday, a time to anticipate the joy of the Easter season, we get a taste of God’s rich mercy and boundless generosity, eventually realized through Christ’s ultimate sacrifice.  The stories and reflections we hear in today’s readings illustrate the ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent - March 20, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/22/22

In today’s Gospel, Jesus points out that the crowd and some of us, believe that those who experience something negative in their lives are being punished by God.  Perhaps its because when we were young and did something wrong we would be spanked, or grounded, or had to go ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/10/22

As we continue our journey through the penitential Lenten season, we are reminded in our readings of the promise the Lord makes to us.  God asked Abraham to look up to the heavens and witness the countless stars in the sky.  Peter, James, and John looked up to the ... Read More »

1st Sunday of Lent - March 6, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 3/02/22

The first Sunday of Lent always gives us the gospel of Jesus going into the desert to be tempted or tested.  It may appear to be a case of poor judgment to follow anyone into the desert for forty days, even if that someone is the Holy Spirit.  Why ... Read More »

8th Sunday in OT - February 27, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/23/22

Jesus the teacher presents lessons as insightful today as they were when he taught his disciples two thousand years ago.  In a few days we will be beginning the season of Lent, when we will be reminded of the lessons Jesus taught us as he anticipated his eventual death.  ... Read More »

7th Sunday in OT - February 20, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/16/22

Today Jesus tells us, love your enemies, challenging society’s values and even common sense.  Why should we love those who have or would harm us?  Probably, because one of the greatest gifts we can give is our mercy.  Obviously, we feel our enemy doesn’t deserve our mercy, but it ... Read More »

6th Sunday in OT - February 13, 2022

Posted by Fr Bob Betz on 2/13/22

Just last week we heard Jesus call Peter, James, and John, telling them they would be fishing for other disciples, not for fish.  They left everything behind to follow him.  Today we hear Jesus make a different kind of call for transformation.  Jesus did not want those who are ... Read More »