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fetscherDear Family,
“I love you, Lord and I lift my voice,
to worship you, O my soul, rejoice.
Take joy, my King, to what you hear;
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear.”

OK. Stick with me. I’m writing this Twitch thirteen days before you are reading it. Printing deadlines, etc. The next two weeks will be (or in your case, were) humdingers for all parishes. So, I am (was) sitting here trying to get into the spirit of how I might be feeling on Easter. I took a deep breath, pondered, and the words of the hymn you see above floated up and out.

That hymn helped me with a little bit of calm. Happily, all the intense work that will go into preparing for Holy Week and all the apprehension about the things you think you are not remembering, floated away for a while. I’ll keep humming in hope.

In these last two weeks before the great feast of our salvation, I challenged you to ask the Lord to help you discover some new insight about Easter you didn’t have before. I’m wondering if mine might turn out to be the simple power of a couple of lines from a hymn.

Sometimes all it takes is stopping long enough to think calmly... a good trick to pull off in the middle of so much noise that surrounds us. Still, it’s worth the effort.

Ultimately, we try all kinds of strategies to try and comprehend what, in fact, is the purest of mysteries: God become man in Jesus Christ for our sake. We celebrate the extraordinary drama of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. The more we think about it, the more mysterious it becomes.

When we see the story for what it is, a pro-found mystery of love, all we can do is step back, and maybe stop thinking and simply let ourselves be loved by God. It takes a lot of faith because we just don’t think we are worth it. (...and we probably feel that way about a few other people as well.)

Jesus says, “Knock it off. My Father is the one who tells us how to see ourselves. That’s why I became you. When He sees me, He sees you. He loves me, he loves you.”

That’s my cue to say back, “I love you, too.” Amen. End of story. That is the very core of Easter faith.

To all those who came today, and aren’t here very often during the year, thank you for coming today.

Do you ever think about just how important you personally might be to the people you meet? We touch each other’s lives in ways we often can’t see. So far as being here today goes, did you ever think that maybe we needed you more than you needed us? ...at least today.

Have you ever thought that beyond the outward trappings of all that goes into being Church, at the core is what Jesus is trying to be for you? He does it in community. He said so. Check out Matthew 18:20. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst.” Your job is to find that community where He is speaking to you, where we together can speak to Him.

Did you ever wonder why rabbits and chicks and brightly colored eggs are such a part of the Easter trimmings? They’re all about the proliferation of NEW life.

“Lord, let me have a touch of that new life that never gets old. Let me see it so well, that everyone around me asks, “Why’s he smiling all the time?” Let me be generous in my offering, and stingy in my critiques. Don’t let me get stuck in chicken corn (a.k.a. candy corn for some) and jelly¬beans. Don’t let my kids get stuck there either.”

Happy New Life! He is Risen, Indeed!
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