Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
I hope you’re not getting too comfortable. The curse of the couch potato... I won’t say I’m falling into the category, but I do have to wonder about the third and fourth eye that is trying to appear in the middle of my forehead. Don’t worry if that doesn’t make sense to you...

I DO hope that you are taking the time to check out the readings for today’s liturgy. Check out the Bishops’ site. Just put ‘USCCB Daily Readings’ in your search bar, and “Voila” there you have it, even audio versions if you want.

When I look at the readings in the context of all we are going through right now with COVID-19, I’m hearing from Acts, “how are we taking care of the needy in the world?”

First Peter tells us that Jesus is the living stone on which discipleship is built. Then we become “... a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

John tells where the power is coming from: “whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these...”

I found a wonderful short reflection on these readings in the Creighton University Online Ministry archive. Written by Dr. Carol Zuegner, I thought her approach was great. Think of yourself as one of the disciples as she writes about them.

“I really like the glimpses we get of the apostles in the gospels because those glimpses also let us see the human side of Jesus, his patience, and his love for them.

These men were often confused, puzzled, ready to believe, but they are human. Jesus tells them to not let their hearts be troubled because he has a place for them. They know the way. But Thomas and Philip are not so sure. Their hearts and minds haven’t quite caught up.

We, like the apostles, have to believe, and if we believe, that’s just the beginning. We have to believe and live the belief every day. Jesus and his message are the way, the truth and the life. At times, we will be like Philip: If you could just give us a clue, give us a little something.

We have been shown the way. If we believe and follow the way, we have to love our neighbor. We have to walk on the right path. That’s not always easy. We know the right way. We are looking for a detour, that shortcut because it can be difficult. There are no shortcuts.

The second reading reinforces that idea of no shortcuts. We are laying the cornerstone of a spiritual house. Anyone who has tackled any project knows the importance of the cornerstone, the first steps to get you on the right track on building something that will last. Like the builders who measure twice and cut once, we know we have to prepare, to take the right steps.

We have to build our faith and our lives on that cornerstone. When we do, even if we are confused and puzzled, Jesus will soothe our troubled hearts. My prayer today is that I listen when Jesus calls us out of darkness into his wonderful light. I pray that the light shows me the way, the truth, and the life.”

When we emerge from our burrows and nests, I am praying we discovered something about ourselves that maybe we forgot, or even never knew.

I went back and really reread some retreat notes from the past. It was amazing what I had forgotten. I can’t help but think the Lord wants me to shift into new gears. Imagine, at nearly 79! I guess you never know just how many gears you have. Keep shifting ...

In Jesus,
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P.S. Happy Birthday, Dad. Not bad for 105. (Heaven ages you well. I know he’s there after seven kids.)

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