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fetscherDear Family,
Here I am on a Tuesday, (last Tuesday for you,) thinking about next weekend, (today for you,) and wondering what will be happening... COVID-19... deeper discussions on racial injustice... tropical depression that could be here by next weekend in some sort of storm configuration...

Then I looked again at the scripture readings for this weekend, and out pops Romans 8. Please let me quote it here.

Brothers and sisters:
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

With all we have on our plate, I couldn’t think of a better Word to help me take a deep breath and ask myself, “After all this time, do you really still not understand who is in charge?”

How powerless and helpless we can feel. They’re not good feelings; powerlessness, helplessness. Why? I won’t try answering for you, but for myself somehow, it’s related to control. I don’t think I’m a ‘control freak’ but I don’t like feeling helpless either.

In the Sunday scriptures, today is the last time we hear from Romans 8. I’ve been suggesting that you take a few minutes and sit down and slowly read through the chapter, like you’re praying. It takes some attention but it’s worth the time.

Paul tells us that precisely because Jesus became one of us, no matter what happens in our lives, God can no more look away from our trials than he can look away from His Son. And we call out, “Abba,“ Papa, Daddy. That’s a very familiar and personal way of speaking.

Paul talks about flesh and spirit. It’s his way of speaking about ‘old self’ and ‘new self.’ The old self panics in the face of life’s challenges. The new self realizes we have been adopted through Jesus, and we have a ‘high destiny.’ In other words, “what can separate us from the love of Christ?”

I’d like to do a commercial here. I hope you are aware of being able to find the NAMRE ver-sion of the bible online. NAMRE is New American Bible Revised Edition. It is the Catholic version of the Scriptures. What’s important are the notes. You can easily find this excellent version at www.USCCB.org 

  • Then click Bible
  • Under Bible click Books of the Bible
  • Then (for today’s homework) you pick Romans
  • Then click 8.

THE NOTES ARE EXTREMELY GOOD AND WORTH YOUR ATTENTION. And the nice thing is you can blow up the print size.

At night I sit on my porch. I used to see five planes minimum take off (or land depending on the wind) during my five decades of the rosary. Now maybe I see one flight and I offer a decade for the people on that flight. This thought came to mind because the single flight instead of five+ makes such a dramatic statement about just how changed things are. So often, people fear change.

Paul tells us today very simply, nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord,” and I add for myself, “especially the unknown.”

You have my constant prayers and I ask yours,
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