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fetscherDear Family,
Well, here I am again, writing on (last) Tuesday, wondering what the world will look like tomorrow as a result of what happened to it yesterday. I don’t think there is a whole lot of ‘ordinary’ to be found, unless perhaps it’s ordinary dumbness.

I feel a spell of analysis coming on I probably should resist. I want whatever I say, here or from the pulpit or anywhere to make sense and to be an accurate understanding of the Gospel. As usual, my question is how does the gospel help us live through the issues that face us as Church, as country, as individuals? As I’ve said before, I think writing these thoughts really is for me more than for you. Puffing scrambled thoughts and feelings into subject, object and verb, lets them make more sense – at least sometimes.

I recall what I tried to preach last Sunday: “The simpler I can make my life, the better I can deal with the complexity and chaos of the world.” I added, “The ‘simple’ here is Jesus.”

Simple doesn’t mean simplistic. It’s isn’t easy to be Jesus. This simple means focused. With Je¬sus at the core, we might find our daily issues to be more manageable.

Here comes my analysis. It is pretty basic. I can trust Jesus more than my own brilliance – which in fact, is often under assault, beginning with my own self-doubts. Jesus, I don’t doubt, and that’s a better foundation to stand on. (My 7th grade English teacher just turned over in her grave. I ended a sentence with a preposition.)

This morning (Tuesday) we prayed at Mass: “O God, you arrange all things according to a wonderful design. Graciously receive the prayers we pour out to you for our country, that, through  the wisdom of its leaders and the integrity of its  citizens, harmony and justice may be assured and lasting prosperity come with peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord...”

“...through the wisdom of its leaders and the integrity of its citizens...”

If we don’t have one, perhaps we can lean on the other. That means that we must live out our integrity. For us believers, that integrity begins with our faith and confidence in Jesus who said, “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” That’s the last line in Matthew’s gospel. But that is hardly end of “Good News.” It’s only the beginning. Because Jesus is with us, we can not only manage the complexities and chaos, we can  overcome them.

On Friday the opening of prayer of Mass was,

Almighty ever-living God,
in whose hand lies every human heart and the
rights of people,
look with favor, we pray,
on those who govern with authority over us,
that throughout the whole world
the prosperity of peoples,
the assurance of peace,
the freedom of religions
may through your gift be made secure.
We ask this through Christ our Lord...

That prayer gets the priorities straight. It’s not about any individual. It’s about being of one mind and heart. It’s about willing a unity of purpose and vision that helps us live out the answer to the question, “What must I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus gave the answer from Deuteronomy and Leviticus; “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27)

Here’s hoping this makes as much sense to you today as it did to me last Tuesday.

In Him,
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