Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Last Sunday in the homily, I referred to Pope St. John Paul II’s gift of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, the first of which was last Sunday’s feast, the Baptism of Jesus. Today, we hear John’s gospel recounting the second Luminous Mystery, the wedding Feast at Cana. We hear from John because although it is Luke’s year, Luke doesn’t tell the story of the wedding feast at Cana.

As I said last Sunday, leave it to St. John Paul to fill in the blanks between the Joyful and the Sorrowful mysteries. In the public adult life of Jesus, we see the examples of how we are called to live God’s love, with grace and charity - the way Jesus did.

As if to make my point, the third Luminous Mystery is ‘The Proclamation of the Gospel.’ Then the fourth mystery is the Transfiguration. If Jesus heard the Father’s voice at His baptism in the Jordan by John , “You are my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” now in the fourth mystery we hear the Father again, saying to us “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!!!” (The exclamation points are mine.)

How wonderful that Luminous Mystery Five is the gift of the Eucharist. At the last supper, Jesus foretells how we will celebrate what His life has been all about, a total gift of self. He broke the bread and gave it to them. “This is me given up for you.”

I think what St. John Paul is saying to us through these Luminous Mysteries is that it all comes together in the Eucharist, the essence of the presence of Jesus among us. Total gift, and the gift continues as we transition to the first Sorrowful Mystery, Jesus’s Agony in the Garden: “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.”

Today’s reading from Second Corinthians underlines was it means to have Jesus among us. St. Paul talks about all the incredible ways in which the Holy Spirit works through us as a result of Jesus being present among us. It was true in Paul’s earliest Church, and it is true in our own time.

God knows we have made mistakes as Church. We don’t always use the gifts well, much less even try because other things catch our attention.

Then there are moments when some things so demand our attention that we are brought to a common point where we must notice each other.

When we really see the lives of others, then we are able to call forth the gifts Corinthians talks about. Gifts are always in the service of others, of one another. I never thought I would be cheering COVID, but if it makes us look better at each other, then bring it on.

What better weekend than the one on which we honor Martin Luther King, to say, masks and all,


҉  A B C D  ҉

It’s amazing that our A B C D Commitment Sunday comes in two weeks. The way time seems to spurt always surprise me. We have always responded well to the needs of the greater Church that is the Archdiocese and I have no doubt we will continue to keep up the good work. On the back of this week’s bulletin there’s a flyer showing just what’s going on in our Archdiocese and how your support touches the lives of many. Give it a look over and see what you have been doing.

With gratitude for you all, I’m yours
In Jesus,
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