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fetscherDear Family,
So, are we on “Retreat” this week or are we on a “Mission?” The words seem almost opposed. When I was a kid “mission” was the big word; the men’s mission, then the women’s mission – each lasting a full week. During those two weeks the kids in school got a mission during the day, too. We loved it. Anything to get out of class, even if it was a pretty strong-voiced (usually Redemptorist) preacher who we called the “missioner.”

Merriam-Webster says retreat means withdrawing from the unpleasant or ceasing warfare and only then speaks of retreat as a spiritual exercise.

When it comes to mission, the dictionary offers a religious meaning as its first billing, “a course of sermons and services given to convert the unchurched or quicken Christian faith, e.g. a preaching mission.

So, in the next three days, Monday through Wednesday, are we to be converted or quickened? I suspect it’s a little of both. That’s my prayer.

Before I get too nutso on this, I’ll tell you I’ve reconciled the words for myself by asking God to let me do some introspection (Retreat) that will help me do my job and live my life a little better, (Mission).

Our ‘missioner’, Father Richard Sudlik, O.M.I. offers us his themes of Justice, Mercy and Grace to call us to a personal examination of how we live and what we promote as a Christian people.

On Tuesday, both in the morning (after 8:00 a.m. Mass) and evening (7:00 p.m.) sessions you will have an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
 
Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. How did it get here so fast? It seems like we just started Lent, never mind celebrated Christmas. Perhaps our mission will also let us slow down and appreciate a little more deeply, the events we will be celebrating during Holy Week.

I know for myself, the details of each of the wonderful ceremonies can sometimes blur the pro¬found mystery we celebrate. When you think about it though, it is very staggering: the death and Resurrection of Jesus has determined my fate for all eternity. How true the words of St. Paul in First Corinthians 2:9-10:

“What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,” this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.

The story of the Resurrection of Jesus – and all that leads up to it, introduces us to the revelation that eternal life is ours. When Jesus rises from the dead, it’s like lifting the curtain a little on the wonderful drama that is about to unfold for our future lives. It’s just a peek into the “after” that follows “here.”

Some days, I want to “rush” through the drama. I think I know how the play ends so don’t waste my time by going through it all again. But have you ever noticed that some plays are so good you can see them a couple of times and see new things each time? Multiply that by a thousand or so, and maybe you begin to scratch the surface of what our future really holds.

Holy Week is about the promise of our future. Our future depends on claiming tickets to the play. They are free, but you must pick them up. Curtain going up!

Here’s hoping Holy Week finds us in our seats. In Jesus,
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