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fetscherDear Family,
What is God writing on your heart? When I read today's scripture from Jeremiah, that was the first thing that came to my mind. For the Jews, it was their Law that God was writing, but it wasn't on stone tablets; it was on their hearts. The Law was God's gift that was meant ultimately to be a matter of the heart.

So, here I am thinking, "What is God writing on my heart?" If I want God writing something on my heart, I've got to do what the Jews did and bring something— like the Law — which I treasure. For some reason I can't explain, I remembered something my grandmother said to me just before she died: "Don't waste your time missing people. Pay attention to the ones around you."

From John's gospel we heard, "Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be." SO, it seems like I need to serve Him to get close enough to let Him write. How do I do that? Look around and see what or who needs something. That puts me in service to Him. AND, I may not realize it was Jesus I was serving, at least not right away. But as the Jews brought the Law, maybe I'm being asked to bring service. When we serve each other we are serving Jesus, and that's pretty close — surely close enough for him to "write."

THEN, what I hear him writing is — guess what

  • I am loved unconditionally. I'm forgiven completely. I'm never alone." Surprise, surprise.

I hope that's not too confusing. Give me a small "cop-out" and let me say that the mysteries of God's love are simple and confusing at the same time, simple when God offers; confusing when we try to accept.

Maybe, what God is writing on my heart right now is "Gratitude."

I'm grateful for Annie keeping everything running this last week while I was having the unique experience of a common cold. Continuing down Gratitude Lane, I was also happy to get back to work. I am grateful for Patricio's willingness to run all kinds of errands. I am grateful for a great guy by the name of Charlie Patel. Charlie worked for Sandy and Matt Keysers at Holland Nursery. He spent a number of days doing beautiful landscaping touches this week. Check out the north side of the recto¬ry garage on Barbara Drive.

I'm grateful for Msgr. Mike Hippee who brought you the 8:30 Mass on short call. Gratitude also for Fr. Gary who comes every Wednesday so I can take a day off. And much more... perhaps most basically, touching the genuine joy of knowing AND feeling God's love.

RECONCILIATION
MONDAY AND THURSDAY NIGHTS THIS WEEK,
6:00 P.M. UNTIL NO ONE IS LEFT.
MONDAY AND TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK,
AFTER 8:30 MASS UNTIL NO ONE IS LEFT.
ANYTIME BY APPOINTMENT. CALL THE OFFICE.

Get your special supply of Patience Pills ready for next week as we enter Holy Week.  Just remember that we will be visited by folk who may not be usually here. It's a time to SHOW them why they might want to hang around! Peace and Blessings,

In Jesus,
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