Browsing the 2021 archive of Fr. Bob's Columns

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 5/13/21

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER  -  A FRUITFUL VINE OR A DEAD BRANCH?

                In today’s Gospel parable of the True Vine, Jesus gives us a vineyard image that people of the Holy Land would have been very familiar with.  Knowing this, Jesus urges us to remain connected to him, ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/30/21

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – DO YOU FEEL LIKE A WELL CARED FOR SHEEP?

                Today’s Gospel presents us with one of the most beloved images of Jesus who proclaims to us:  “I am the good shepherd!”  We usually think of a nice, clean-looking, smiling ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/23/21

3rd SUNDAY OF EASTER  -  ARE WE “OPEN-MINDED”?

                The Risen Christ has high expectations for his followers, but he really does help us to become good disciples.  In today’s Gospel the resurrected Jesus appears to his disciples and after a little bit of lunch of baked fish (He ... Read More »

2nd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/16/21

                The Risen Jesus, after appearing to the women near the tomb, shows up mysteriously in the Upper Room where the Apostles were hiding out from the authorities.  He offers them peace and in doing so forgives them for abandoning him during his arrest, trials, torture, and execution.  But ... Read More »

Easter

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/12/21

EASTER – THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD – “ AND THE WINNER IS … AND STILL CHAMP… “

                Today we celebrate the victory of Christ over his opponents – sin and death, the evil one and evildoers!  Through the last three days of the Sacred Triduum, we prayerfully ... Read More »

Palm Sunday

Posted by Debbra Beck on 4/08/21

PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION – “STEP RIGHT UP!  COME AND GET YOUR FREE PALM!”

                This is the feast day that has had a kind of identity problem.  Years ago it was always “Palm Sunday”, and then it was changed to “Passion Sunday”.  Now it is entitled, ... Read More »

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/29/21

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT – A PARADOX!

                As we get very close now to Holy Week and the celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Jesus tells us in the gospel today that he, like “a grain of wheat, must fall to the ground and ... Read More »

4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/20/21

 4th SUNDAY OF LENT – JOHN 3:16

                Do you remember years ago a baseball fan wearing a clown outfit who would frequently get into the view of the TV camera and hold up a sign – John 3:16?  Well, today in the Gospel we have that oft- quoted ... Read More »

Holy Week Schedule

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/18/21

At the beginning of Lent you received, in the mail, a Lenten reflection booklet along with the Holy Week Schedule.  Since Holy Week will begin on Palm Sunday, March 28th, we wanted to send a reminder of what will be happening in St. Bernadette Parish.   Confession Schedule to prepare ... Read More »

3rd Sunday of Lent

Posted by Debbra Beck on 3/12/21

3RD SUNDAY OF LENT – “THE TABLES ARE TURNED!”

                The Gospel today is disturbing.  It is usually called the cleansing of the temple by Jesus.  These days we might first think of Jesus going through the temple spraying disinfectant to cleanse it of a coronavirus.   Actually the depiction ... Read More »