Twilight Twitches


Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Today you received a little packet of “kindness” cards. I’m hoping we explained the idea behind them during the homily. Basically, you do some kind act for someone and then give them the card and ask them to do something for someone else and pass along the card.

We picked today to launch the idea because today’s readings seemed very well-suited to illustrate the idea, especially Corinthians. Brides and grooms have been picking this passage for their weddings because it talks all about love, 15 things, in fact, that love either is or isn’t.

fetscherArchBishop’s Charities and Development
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Dear Family,
Each day and each week seems fuller than the last one. That’s life at St. Sebastian’s, especially between Thanksgiving and Easter. All our birds are coming home to nest; sunbirds maintaining the nest yearround, snowbirds helping with redecoration, visiting and cruising peacocks adding color to the aviary, and then of course, the rarely sighted but always appreciated emus who pop in at Christmas and


Dear Family,
No, that’s not a typo. It really does say Jamuary, because we are – jammed!  Fortunately, we have a crackerjack staff who find toast on which to spread the mixture. Don’t count me in among the quick-to-respond; I just get to bask in the glow of the results.

I suppose it works that way in many places… people doing things behind the scenes that few know about, but still everyone expects results without knowing much about how the results result. I know there is a homily in here somewhere, but I have to figure it for myself before I can pass it along. My immediate personal bottom line is to spend a bit more than a little time in prayer today thanking God for the people with whom I work. You are especially grateful when for one reason or another they might not be here.

fetscherLet's Hear it for Ordinary
Dear Family,
Welcome to the wonderful world of Ordinary Time. It begins tomorrow as Christmas time ends today. That’s why the decorations are still up. If we seem to be the last ones to take the stuff down, it’s probably because no one has yet figured out how to make the Baptism of Jesus a commercial enterprise.

Between Advent/Christmas and Lent/Eastertime, the Church uses 18 or 19 weeks to call attention to those special saving events in the life of Christ that define who we are. The rest of the year we refer to as “ordinary.” In reality, I don’t think there is anything very ordinary about the stories of how Jesus interacted with his times and the people who surrounded him: family, disciples, friends and enemies, the curious, the deeply touched.

fetscherLet Him Shine
Dear Family,
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I’ve been humming that song to myself ever since I started writing this Twitch. Of course the light I hope I have is the light of Jesus, so when I sing about shining, it’s not an “it” I’m singing about; it’s a “Him.” Today’s scriptures are literally exploding with images of light.

First Isaiah:Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. …upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.

fetscherWith Thanks
Dear Family,
I barely get used to typing 2015 and it’s already 2016. The gift of time… time for what? Time for who? Can the time we have received so far cast any light on what we might expect in our futures?

I was having a wonderful conversation with a nonagenarian the other day who remarked that her life certainly was nothing like she would have planned. But at 90+ she surely seemed to have developed the living skills that brought her to 90 with a great deal of grace, living each moment as it comes.

Sometimes I think the events of the past and/or the preoccupations with the future, tend to keep me from paying attention to the most important moment, this moment, now.

Jesus, Who?

fetscherDear Family,
I think maybe you have caught me in a bad moment. Perhaps, sad moment would be better. A charity to which I contribute, like many thers, sent me some Christmas cards I could use. I noticed that some spoke of the birth of the Savior at the heart of Christmas. Other cards said, Happy Holidays. These cards were from the same charity, ironically Christian in its origin and outlook. No Jesus, No nativity. I realize there are other holidays being celebrated around this time by others, but I have no doubt that those holidays would not be nearly as important in their own cultures and customs if they didn’t have to sort of compete with Christmas.

Dear Family,
We are ten days away. We pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” No wonder the Liturgy today says, “Rejoice.”

The color even changes and a rose color emerges from the bluish-purple that has been trying to invite us into a little introspection. (It is rose, not p--k. I don’t wear p--k.)

The new color seems as though it is responding to St. Paul’s call to the Philippians: “Rejoice” “Again, I say rejoice!” As he is finishing his letter to them, Paul tells the Philippians, “Have no anxiety!” If Paul had ever made a Marriage Encounter, maybe he would have heard the guideline that ‘You can’t tell someone how to feel.’ Maybe Paul was expressing his own attitude and state of mind. When he says, “Have no anxiety” was he really saying, “I feel no anxiety”?

fetscher"Watch the Road"
Dear Family,
That was the advice of the Oklahoma bus driver who drove 900,000 over 23 years without an accident. When asked how he did it, he replied, “Watch the Road.” Ever since I used that last week in the homily I’ve been thinking about roads, my road in particular. Stay with me now because I think it might get bumpy.

Dear Family,
No, I didn’t flip December along with November on my calendar. Today is the Church’s “New Year.” With the First Sunday of Advent, today we begin our new cycle of retelling and reliving the saving story of Jesus. This year, for the most part, our story teller be Luke the Evangelist.

Of course we have heard these readings before, (some of us many times.) Yet the question remains, are we hearing anything different today? If the word of God is living and active, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, then God’s word addresses the new situations in which we find ourselves.

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