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fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate the last of the feasts that form the wonderful array of celebrations surrounding the core event of our faith: the Resurrection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. As Paul says, if Jesus isn’t risen from the dead, our faith is in vain.” (I Cor 15:14) Next week we begin the Sundays of “Ordinary Time.” Does using the word ‘ordinary’ play down what comes now? In reality, it is our extra-ordinary way of living out what Jesus did for us and for living out what He wants us to do.

It’s not a boring reality; it is fundamental way of existing for the Christian disciple. Now, Jesus asks us to go out to live the good news that we have heard throughout Lent and Easter. We do it with the nourishment of the Body of Christ, and the power of his Spirit.

Last Sunday, I talked about the icon of the Trinity by 15th century Russian artist Andrei Rublev. His art helps us see the significance of what we celebrate today. Remember the description of the icon? If you haven’t checked it out, do it. You’ll like it. Simply google “Rublev trinity.”
The three figures representing the Trinity are gathered in a circle that leaves room for a fourth person: us. On the little table in the middle of the gathering is the cup which recalls the Eucharist. In other words, it is the Eucharist, the Body of Christ which gathers us into one, the oneness we need to be effective disciples. Eucharist is a way of God extending his mystery to humanity.

Today we reenact in our own small way, a custom that has long been associated with today’s feast, the procession of the Blessed Sacrament. What better way to make the point that we are be¬ing sent into the world?
 
I think my earliest memory of the feast of Corpus Christi was being an altar server and processing around Holy Family church in North Miami. It wasn’t just any procession. I was given the huge responsibility of walking backwards in front of the Blessed Sacrament so I could honor the Lord by incensing Him as the priest carried the monstrance “showing” the Eucharist throughout the Church. What was special was that I did it without setting myself on fire with sparks flying from the censer.

Even more impressive for me was that I thought somehow I had done something that was good enough for the Lord to notice and appreciate.
Sixty-five years later, I sure hope the Lord still feels that way for entirely different reasons, although there is still a question of how well I can walk backwards... Thank God, we grow in our under¬standing of the Lord’s love.

Maybe that’s a good way of thinking about how we grow in our appreciation of our fathers. I think fathers grow in their own understanding of what they’re supposed to be for their kids. Hopefully, kids grow in their understanding of what their fathers were called to do, did do, or didn’t do. Each of those “do’s” brings its own load of joys and tears.

I like today because at the beginning of Mass I can say, “Happy Father’s Day” and everyone can answer, “Happy Father’s Day.” It’s trickier on Mother’s Day. Because I am father to none, I can be father to all. That’s a pretty wonderful place to be. Perhaps the civil holiday can bring us a closer image of the God/Father who sends his Son out of love, a Son who remains with us and who we celebrate on this extraordinary day. What a great coincidence.

May the Lord in all his wonder, Father, Son, Spirit, bless us.
I’m yours, In His holy name,
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