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fetscherDear Family,
Who Do We Say He Is?
The question Father Bill Mason, OMI, brings us this week, ought to keep us busy for a while. I hope so, because the answer(s) we come up with have a lot to do with how we live our parish life. I’m musing on whether we want to come up with a single vision around which we can unite, or do we work along the lines of a stew to which everyone contributes. Both have their merits.

Whichever choice we make I know we will be blessed by Father Bill’s input. He’s back because many were happy after his last mission for us.
Last weekend, more than once, for a strange reason I found myself very touched by the Trinkets and Treasures phenomenon. What touched me was the hard, constant and generous work of Mary Ann and the crew from the Women’s Council. Every time I peaked in, someone was adjusting, moving something, helping, and on and on. I used a lot of restraint and came away with a very nice vase and a paper shredder. The former will decorate some corners in my life. The latter will remove all evidence of same just in case.

Last week, more than once I heard the old line, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” It’s so true. I remember in my last parish getting to know a nice guy who was very involved with the parish, who turned out to be a junk man. I want to tell you; his junk was sure treasure for us. He took seriously the hallmarks of stewardship, namely time, talent and treasure. He made them visible for all of us. I suspect that he could do it very well because he could look at something and see value and worth the rest of us didn’t see.

I have the keys to the kingdom, so Friday night before the sale I wandered around a little and saw a great 3 1/2 quart Le Creuset pot and it had a price tag of $5.00. These things go for $100+ a pop. I promised myself that I’d tell the ladies I really thought the pot was underpriced. I went in the next morning and saw it was up to $35. I felt a little better. Whoever got it for $35 got a deal.

Saturday as Bubba and I were taking a morning constitutional, (his not mine), I noticed a lot of Cadillacs, Mercedes’ and BMWs belonging to our early bird customers. I guess you can get your Caddy through judiciously shopping a Trinket and Treasure sale. I started laughing when I heard myself say, “Boy, there’s a homily in here someplace.”

The homily is: “Here’s hoping we can be as careful and judicious about the things we need for our journey to eternal life, as we can be at a fun rummage sale.” ...which brings me back to where I began. Indeed, who do we say Jesus is? How much of what I have am I willing to set aside – if asked – for the sake of keeping Him as my only real possession? What does it mean to possess Him? Every time we receive Communion, He is our possession. Every time we hear the gospel, He is our possession. Every time I take your hand in a greeting of peace, He is my possession.
It takes faith to realize we can possess Him in so many ways, sometimes a lot of faith. If we are lucky, we realize that sometimes there are things that possess us. We heard about that last Sunday in the story of the temptations of Jesus. We even use the term possession in reference to evil influences. The question is, “Who has who?” and “What has what?”

So, who do I say that He is? On the days when I don’t know the answer to the question, I say, “Lord increase my faith.” On the days when I think I have an answer, I say, “Lord, forgive my presumption.”

Finally, perhaps the best answer I can have is, “Jesus is the One who possesses me.”
In Him,
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