Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherThis week has been interesting. I had this Twitch 3/4 finished last Monday when the power failures happened. There must have been untruths in the Twitch because when the power came back on the Twitch was gone. Four days later I’m trying again, and I can hardly remember what I had written.

So, we’ll try once more. The good news is I got my second Covid-19 vaccine shot. I had no problems with either the first shot or the second, not even soreness. Now I’m beginning to wonder if the vaccine I got was real... No, don’t worry. I’m kidding.

I must confess that I never thought of getting a shot of anything (unless it was good bourbon) as a privilege of old age. But I had to admit to myself that indeed, in this case, age has its privileges. I would have forgone the shot and waited if someone with a more critical need could have gotten it, but I realized all that would do is screw up the system. My fervent prayer is that all of us can be vaccinated as soon as possible.

fetscherDear Family,
This isn’t the way I want to begin this week’s Twitch, BUT some of you have been calling about receiving text message from me asking you to buy gift cards and then sending me the numbers of the card(s).

IT’S A SCAM!

It’s happened before. I will NEVER ask you to send me money or cards via email or text. If I need money, I’ll call you and pick it up personally. And I don’t need money, (at least right now…)

Don’t you wish people could use their creativity a little more productively?

abcdDear Family,
All I can say is, “What a week!” We inaugurated a new President and we watch for the unfolding of our new administration. Our prayers continue for peace throughout our country.

I just noticed I have two ‘we’s and three ‘our’s in the opening paragraph. I didn’t plan it, but boy, doesn’t that say it all? It is, in fact, OURS; ours to keep or ours to lose.

fetscherDear Family,
“Ordinary???” Here we are. Ordinary time. There is a little Paulist Press book called the Ordo which describes Ordinary Time. “Besides the times of the year that have their own distinctive character, there remains in the yearly cycle thirty-three or thir-ty-four weeks in which no particular aspect of the mystery of Christ is celebrated (like Advent, Lent or Eastertime), but rather the mystery of Christ itself is honored in its fullness, especially on Sundays. This period is known as "Ordinary Time.”

This year we have five ‘ordinary’ weeks until Ash Wednesday. After Pentecost, on May 24th, we hit ‘ordinary’ again. Then we go all the way to Advent ’21.

fetscherDear Family,
Today is the final day of the Christmas season. We celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan river to mark the beginning of his public ministry. We put away the Nativity scene because now Jesus is an adult, but we still want to linger in the lights and warmth of the season. Next week, the wreaths and trees will find their way to careful storage. Thanks to Ann Murry and the Martini’s (Sue and Scott) for all their work It’s hard to believe Ash Wednesday is just five weeks away.

If the arms of Jesus were outstretched (and not swaddled) in the manger, now we see the adult Je-sus embrace His ministry under the full power of God’s Spirit.

fetscherDear Family,
I’m writing this letter on December 29th, the feast of the Holy Innocents, the wordless witnesses. Here are some hopes and dreams I have for 2021. May the coming year bless us, and with God’s help, heal us.

Happy New Year! I found this sort of crazy font called “Curtz” and thought it expressed our discombobulated moments. (I’ve waited years to use ‘discombobulated.’ Now seems the perfect time.)

We are confused, to say nothing of wearied at best. I won’t waste time over what you already know and feel.

fetscherDear Family,
“Family.” What an amazing word. Today we add the adjective “holy.” The Holy Family.

I grew up in Holy Family parish in North Miami. The first Mass in Holy Family was celebrated in 1950 on the same weekend that we moved into our new house. Mom lived in that house for another 42 years.

Holy Family ‘encapsulated’ us. As I look back, in many ways our parish was a special ‘terrarium’ that called our family to grow into ‘holy’. In a house with seven kids, some days holiness seemed a distant hill. Still, we had our parents and a very loving ‘Gram.’ That increased the odds of holiness happening.

fetscherDear Family,
With early bulletin deadlines, and still feeling under the weather, once again I turn to the wonderful resource of Creighton Online Ministries for the following reflection by Steve Scholer.

“Those who will admit to it are dating themselves if they can remember Perry Como’s hit song, "It’s Impossible." The song starts out, “It's impossible, to tell the sun to leave the sky; It's just impossible. It's impossible, to ask a baby not to cry; It's just impossible.”

And for the fans of Lewis Carrol and Winne the Pooh there is always the humorous twist on the word when Pooh says, “People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” We could all come up with lots of quotes and phrases about the word impossible, but none could better illustrate its meaning than the famous words with which the angel Gabriel comforted a distraught Mary: “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

advent3Dear Family,
Having a rough week and being unable to provide an original “Twitch” for you, I found the following reflection online at Creighton Online Minis-tries, written by David Crawford. I think it’s well worth reading.

“Rejoice! What wonderful, joyful readings we have today! On the day we light the Joy candle, our first three readings remind us – Paul even commands us – to rejoice. Be filled with joy in our God. So rejoice!

There are elements in the Gospel reading that also point to joy, albeit in less explicit ways. First, the hopeful questions from the priests, Levites, and Pharisees demonstrate their belief that the promised Messiah would come. We can rejoice because our Messiah did come. God kept – and continues to keep – promises. Rejoice!

fetscherDear Family,
The construction company installing the new Harbour Inlet water lines have pipe stored in our lot and are using the site to transfer ripped up pavement to dump trucks. Another company is digging up the green field to keep “Lake Sebastian” from running off into our neighbors’ yards. Some folks whose condo parking is being re-paved are using spaces in between the pipes and the rocks. The new flooring in the rectory kitchen is buckling. Some people are having post-election fidgets, and, oh yes, the pandemic is having a surge on its surge.

Just another quiet day in the neighborhood....

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