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fetscherDear Family,
Today we celebrate meeting the person of Jesus in Word, Sacrament and Each Other. Who could have guessed the meeting would look like it does today? Each Other is taking on an incredible meaning.

Somewhere I recall hearing an old Chinese curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” I’m not sure about the accuracy of the origin, but you’ve got to admit, these are interesting times.

While everyone else was dealing with COVID-19, I was encountering hypotension. The one great aspect of said encounter is that I can use all the salt I want. There is a God.

I know humor may not seem appropriate right now, so don’t let my attempts betray the heartfelt pain I feel watching what our world is suffering.

For myself, humor helps me hope. I am hopeful. I do believe we will somehow come out of all this. I do believe that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and no, it is not on the front of a moving locomotive.

I believe the freeze that COVID-19 put on our lives created a vacuum that forced us to face ingrained racial prejudice and injustice. If people took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations - and they were largely peaceful – consider the possibility that the Holy Spirit provided the leadership we sorely need.

Whatever the cause, we are facing something in our society with roots deeper than we are willing to imagine. Albert Einstein said, “It is harder to crack prejudice than an atom.”
I’ve been using “we” in the foregoing. Forgive me. I can only speak about “me”. If you had asked six months ago, I would have said, or at least implied, that I didn’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. And I really would have believed it.

Shutdown offered me the chance to stop and look at myself and really try to be honest. My prejudices lie in my avoidances. After a while, you don’t even real¬ize what you may be avoiding.

So, I’ll ask the Lord to help. In case you haven’t said it recently, maybe you can join me praying with St. Francs of Assisi.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

In Jesus,
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