Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Lent THREE, FOUR and FIVE: we heard the won¬derful stories: living water promised to the Samaritan woman; physical and spiritual sight given to the man born blind; life given to Lazarus. No wonder today that we hear the people shout “Hosanna!” For us, a heartbreaking knowledge underlays the shouts because in today’s liturgy, only moments after hearing about the hosannas, we hear Matthews’s version of the passion and death of the Lord.

It would be so easy to have an attitude about “those fickle people.” I found myself wondering how and about what I am “fickle.” Well, if I look at Merriam-Webster’s definition, I read “lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability: given to erratic changeableness.” I know I qualify least partially. The fear is that if I am fickle in little things, then what about big things. (Sounds almost biblical, doesn’t it?)

fetscherDear Family,
Irish Domincan Donagh O’Shea writes: Jesus faced death to give life to Lazarus. This is John showing us the meaning of Jesus' life, or applying the first brush-stroke in this scene.

An alternative (or more accurately, a disjunction) is not a paradox. Life or death is not yet paradox; the paradox is life in death. Johann Tauler (1300–1361) wrote: “If only we could seek joy in sadness, peace in trouble, simplici¬ty in multiplicity, comfort in bitterness! This is the way to become true witnesses to God.”

fetscherDear Family,
We met the woman at the well, and we saw the amazing change that let her drop her burden of being ostracized. She who was shunned became the way in which her townspeople met Jesus, and even kept him around. I wondered if I would be able to experience anything to the depth that she did that would cause me to radically change the way I act.

Today we meet the man born blind, a guy who got caught in the middle of a religious-political tension that nevertheless brought him more sight than simply his eyes could have ever given him. For us the question might be, ‘What are our blind spots?’

fetscherDear Family,
Today we would normally celebrate St. Joseph’s Day, a solemnity in the church. (That means it is a very important feast.) We celebrate St. Joseph tomorrow. The transfer makes the point that these Sundays of Lent are super-important. They are telling us an important story.  We began with the temptations of Jesus. Last week we heard about the Transfiguration. Every year those two events begin Lent no matter whose gospel we are reading. This year we are in cycle A with Matthew.

fetscherDear Family,
Who Do We Say He Is?
The question Father Bill Mason, OMI, brings us this week, ought to keep us busy for a while. I hope so, because the answer(s) we come up with have a lot to do with how we live our parish life. I’m musing on whether we want to come up with a single vision around which we can unite, or do we work along the lines of a stew to which everyone contributes. Both have their merits.

fetscherDear Family,
Prayer... Fasting... Almsgiving...
The words of Lent. What do they mean to you? I asked myself the question and the first thing that came to my mind was, “Boy, you better have an answer or you might get chopped!” (For those of you who watch the Food Channel, explain to those who don’t.) So rather than a detailed theological explanation of these powerful words, I’ll try and share some insights the words evoke for me.

fetscherDear Family,
ASH WEDNESDAY! Lent is here! Are you still opening Christmas cards? I’ve opened mine, and I’m deciding to reread one each day and pray for the person who sent it. It will be a little extra effort for Lent. Speaking of which...

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

fetscherDear Family,
The first thought that hits me this morning is to thank Sue and Scott Martinez (the Martinis) for their dispositions. There is no doubt that I like their pancake breakfasts, but I also like the way they do it. One of the warming ovens in the present serving area seems to be inhabited by gremlins who must live up north and just pop in occasionally. It just quits. Then Scott talks to it in gentle tones (ok, maybe not so gentle,) and it works again. And they just get on with it.

They are always here the Saturday morning before pancakes to get things ready and begin cooking sausages and such. And they gather like-minded people around them to serve. They make ministry look easy.

fetscherDear Family,
Well, Andy Cooney didn’t disappoint. We hope to have him back next year and I would love to see some more folks help organize the program.

Deep thanks to Bill Loughlin for supplying the decorations, to the crew who put them around, Judy Fisher, Linda Hatlan, Joan Pruzinsky, Marilyn Sims and Sandy Keyser (who turns out to be a great dancer), Frank Krauser and Bob Romano for supplying the potables with the underwriting of the Men’s Club, The SSCCW for all the paper goods, Al Ferzacca for manning the bar, Nancy Adams, Amy Carroll and Judy once again for making the Irish coffees, Jackie Schoettle, Sue Blanchette for serving, Tom Gleason, Dottie Nolen (who was there at the beginning and as well,) and their friends for picking up after the meal. I’m sure there were others I didn’t see and I assure you that you’ll get double indulgences!

fetscherDear Family,
Is anyone else wondering where January went? I’m sure we had a good time last night at the Andy Cooney Show. I’m writing my reaction before the show so it’s an act of faith. Nevertheless, I doubt I’ll be disappointed recalling past history.

Waxy O’Connor’s on 17th Street brings us the true Irish food. Our thanks to Mark and Noreen Roehleder who own the pub. Monsignor Pat and Annie attended their wedding in Northern Ireland many moons ago. Now they grace our lives here. They both have a lilt to their voices so you might be tempted to ask where “Roehleder” came from. You can ask them the history when you drop in on Waxy’s. This is an unabashed plug if you haven’t been there yet.

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