Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Do you remember Charlie the cactus? He stood guard on our altar during Lent four or five years ago. Well, we planted Charlie on the west side of the parish center, and low and behold, we think maybe Charlie is really Charlotte. As I write, there are some cactus pups springing out of C’s base as well as a flower about to bloom. In this world of missile launches and range projections, it’s nice to have something that brings a smile.

Although I’m writing this before she gets home, I think another occasion for a smile will be Annie’s return from a well-deserved break. In her stead, Cynthia did a great job. She was telling me today about all the things that Annie planned out, laid out and carried out before she left. We both decided that it sure made our job easier.

Then there was the call from Bank of America ascertaining our account information which is interesting since our account is no longer with B of A after they closed the branch up the street. The call went on for a very long time, I think to make sure that we weren’t laundering money for a drug cartel or something. Of course, Annie is the only one who could really answer all the questions, and I’m sure the good lady at the other end of the line was asking herself, “What kind of yahoo is running that place?” Yes, it will be good to have Annie home.

In the absolute stillness of the office, with only the sound of Frankie (happily) gnawing on a chew stick, I find myself thinking about how much attention I really pay to people around me. I’m not going into a sermonette here. But without trying I’ve already thought of seven people and that’s not counting the people I would have seen this morning at daily Mass if I hadn’t had to have Bill F’s help. Each person was a blessing in some way, and I’m hoping that by appreciating them – even the poor lady on the B of A call, I’ll do better at extending a little bit the aura of the Lord’s kindness I’ve received.

Today we celebrate the Transfiguration of the Lord. Pope St. John Paul added the Luminous mysteries to our celebration of the rosary. A favorite thought I have when I’m praying those mysteries is in the almost subtle difference between the thrust of the first mystery versus the fourth. The first mystery recalls the baptism of Jesus himself. Mark tells us:
It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John.  On  coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn  open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon  him. And a voice came from the heavens, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

The fourth Luminous mystery is today’s feast, the Transfiguration. Jesus takes Peter, James and John on the mountain and is incredibly “refigured” before them. Again, Mark tells us:
Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here! Let us make three tents: one for you, one for Mo¬ses, and one for Elijah.” He hardly knew what to say, they  were so terrified. Then a cloud came, casting a shadow  over them; then from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”

First mystery: ‘You are my Son... I am so pleased with you.’ Then, third mystery: ‘Hey! LISTEN!!!’

At the Jordan, Jesus begins his public ministry; that’s why the Father is pleased. Then his closest disciples get a word from the same source; Jesus is worth listening to, because He and I are one, and the Spirit will come down on you like it has on him.

I hope we all wind up being transformed. Jesus was the model. We try to follow.

In Him,
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