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fetscherDear Family,
Happy Eastertime. Lent was forty days of preparation and now Eastertime is fifty days of celebration. We celebrate the core of our faith, the Resurrection of Jesus. In I Cor 15:17, St. Paul tells us “... if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain...” We all know that. So, what’s new? What is new, is really what is old... God’s love.

Can you ever expect to understand what the idea of a loving God really means? I can’t. What I do know is that the person of Jesus is the fullest statement about His love that God can make. As I mentioned previously, the Creed of Father Fuellenbach got kicked up a notch, and we hear God saying:

I love you unconditionally.

I forgive you completely.

I will never leave you alone.

It’s the mystery that “keeps on giving.“ Talk about gifts!

During these post-Easter days, we look for ways in which we can appreciate the mystery in ever deeper ways. That’s the advantage of a little bit of age: there’s always something new to see and touch and feel – if we’re willing to look.

Jesus is at the center of it all. In Acts 4:11 we hear, “He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” We find more such references, e.g. Ps.118:22, Mt 21:42; Lk 20:17; Rom 9:33; 1 Pt 2:7.

As I write, the country awaits a decision in the trail of Derek Chauvin. I realize how much I personally need to keep asking the Lord to be our cornerstone. Not only does Eastertime brings us hope, but it also offers us shelter. Lord, you knew suffering. Bring us through these heartaches.

On a happier note, I want to thank you for your generous response to Father Gary’s appeal last week. You have given in excess of $10,000 with more yet to come. It’s nice to be able to put a face on this special appeal, and Father Gary certainly presented some of those faces of the poor in Mandeville. I was struck by his reference to all the folk who love Jamaica for all kinds of special places it offers, but they, like us, still have the poor hidden away from the resorts.

That reminds me to also thank so many of you for your faithfulness in bringing food week after week for our ongoing Drive Out Hunger efforts. My mental picture is usher Maryellen Maher grunting at getting the basket up one step into the sacristy when she gathers the food you brought. She always seems to have a smile about that work.

While I’m on the subject of gifts you give, I also want to thank you for your Operation Rice Bowl efforts. You gave $1,872. That money goes directly to Catholic Relief Services. They do incredible work of which you should be very proud, - and supportive. While everything is on virtual shutdown, I feel good that we can still be making efforts at outreach. For once, maybe checkbook Christianity can bless us while we’re waiting for more hands-on options.

Last, but not least, you may wonder what Rocks has to do with Stones in the heading. (Annie did.) I forgot to say, up to this point, that I want to build on solid cornerstones, and I never want to hurl a rock or have one hurled at me. At the very least, I pray the Lord will give me the ability to duck.

In the Risen Lord,
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