Browsing the 2023 archive of Fr. Bob's Columns
Do you have 20/20 vision?
Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/20/23
Fourth Sunday of Lent – Do you have 20/20 vision?I’m not asking if you need glasses or not? However, Lent is the right time to have your spiritual sight checked. Today we have the dramatic story of Jesus healing the blind man, along with the theme of light and ... Read More »
Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/11/23
3rd Sunday in Lent – “Thirsty?”All of us are often enough. For what are we thirsty? A nice cold one? A hot cup of tea? The Word of God in the liturgy today gives us a firm reminder that during Lent we should be thirsty for the flowing water ... Read More »
“It is good that we are here.”
Posted by Christine Rasure on 3/03/23
2nd Sunday of Lent – “It is good that we are here.” During the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountaintop, Peter blurts out to Jesus that he thinks it is exciting for him and the brothers, James and John, to be present as the ordinary earthly look of Jesus ... Read More »
Are We Part of the Solution, Or Part of the Problem?
Posted by Christine Rasure on 2/24/23
First Sunday of Lent – “Are We Part of the Solution, Or Part of the Problem?”As Lent begins, the scripture readings today at Mass invite us to meditate on several people: Genesis gives us a look back at our human ancestors who had it made in their special Garden ... Read More »
“Love Your Neighbor!” “Love Your Enemy?”
Posted by Christine Rasure on 2/17/23
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – “Love Your Neighbor!” “Love Your Enemy?”What does Jesus expect of us? To be “perfect?” Loving my neighbor is hard enough. How do you expect me to love my enemy too? Well, that is exactly what the Lord teaches us in the Gospel today. ... Read More »
What Does the Lord Expect of Us?
Posted by Christine Rasure on 2/14/23
6th Sunday In Ordinary Time – What Does the Lord Expect of Us?Good question! Let’s start by thinking of how much you expected of your children when you were raising them and teaching them how to act and to do the right thing. I am sure that you expected ... Read More »
5th Sunday In Ordinary Time – What’s It All About?
Posted by Christine Rasure on 2/03/23
5th Sunday In Ordinary Time – What’s It All About?What is life all about? What is God all about? What is Church all about? And now the ultimate question: What is “Alll Things New” all about? As they say so often, “That’s a great question!”
Well, concerning those first ... Read More »
4th Sunday In Ordinary Time
Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/26/23
4th Sunday In Ordinary Time: Boastful or Humble?The Word of God today surprisingly says we can be both boastful and humble! That sounds rather foolish, doesn’t it? But Zephaniah the prophet instructs us to be “a people humble and lowly,” and Jesus, we know, teaches in his beatitudes today, “Blessed ... Read More »
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/20/23
Third Sunday in Ordinary Time – “Want To Go Fishing?” The four fishermen from Galilee were no doubt terribly surprised, as they were working on their fishing nets and their fishing boats, when this stranger comes along and asks, “Come along and go fishing with me!” “Why should we follow ... Read More »
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Posted by Christine Rasure on 1/12/23
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time – Come Up! Six Sundays of “Ordinary Time” That is Anything But Ordinary!Now that the Christmas Season of the liturgy is complete, we return to “Ordinary Time” until Lent starts. In today’s readings we hear about three people who were sent by God to ... Read More »