Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Happy Advent! Why do we use purple during Advent? It’s a color calling us into a reflective attitude. Purple, or violet, can also bring us a penitential outlook. Think of Lent. So, what is the color doing for me right now?

“Dear Jesus, I’m thinking about celebrating your birthday coming up. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been more grateful for the gift of yourself that you gave us, and keep giving us. And Lord, if actions speak louder than words, I’m really sorry that what I say and do doesn’t reflect you very well all the time either.”

“Lord, when I think about it, it seems like you’re calling me to ‘give birth’ to you.” A guy giving birth sounds a little weird. “Lord, help me recreate you. When you call us to be your followers, what else could you mean except, ‘Make Me Present!’”

Imagine that. Jesus using me, you, to make him present... I’m not telling you anything you don’t know. But sometimes I think we take something so much for granted that it really loses its impact on our lives. Sitting here and writing, I am forcing myself to think just a little bit harder on how do I make him visible?

Stop the Presses

Well, you’ll never guess what just happened. I got an answer ...I think. Right at this very moment of writing this Twitch, an interruption appeared. A load of stuff hit my fan. I didn’t duck quick enough and I got very ticked off. I can’t give you details, but I can say that thank God for Annie and Cynthia who put up with my little Vesuvius, and kindly waited until I ran out of lava. I hasten to add they were not the cause of my upset. Quite the contrary.
While I was fuming, my eyes wandered back to the first four paragraphs you just read. “Oh, nuts,” I said to myself. I knew in my heart of hearts (or more accurately in the pit of my stomach), that this is one of those, ‘Practice what you preach’ flashes. To be very honest, I didn’t really want to practice anything. The sooner the hot lava of my temper covered the cause of my aggravation the happier I would be. I just wanted to keep the molten rock flowing.

Of course, flowing lava eventually hardens and the question a more rational person needs to ask is, “What shape do I want all this to harden into?” It won’t help to have that stuff that hit my fan scattered all over the stable of my mind and my heart. I’ve got to ‘muck out” the place and deal with the lava, too.

Okay. Now I need to try and get back to purple prose, the kind that gets its shading from Advent and not from deleted expletives. At this point in my writing, I go and look for the readings that are part of today’s liturgy.
I almost can’t believe what I find! Was I speaking of ‘hardening’, and the ‘gifts’ God gives, and our ‘call’ to pay attention? Remember today’s scriptures?

ISAIAH:  “Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we fear you not?

PAUL:    God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

MARK:    Jesus said to his disciples: "Be watchful! Be alert!”

I guess it takes some of us a little longer to ‘get it.’

My prayer is that YOU’RE getting it, and I beg you to pray that I’m getting it, too.
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