Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Today brings us two events to ponder and cele¬brate. The first, of course, is the second exclamation point after our Easter celebrations, today’s celebration of The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. (You can see why I prefer say simply, ‘Corpus Christi.’)

The first exclamation point was last Sunday’s celebration of the Trinity. As we heard, the feast isn’t about sacred mathematics, how three are in one, and one has three. (Sounds like an advertisement for oil.)

fetscherDear Family,
We learned it as little kids: One God and Three Persons. I don’t remember if I ever wondered about that. That was what Sister Madelpha taught me, so I never doubted it was true. I think my bottom-line feeling about it all was a comforting sense that God loved us. Did I need to know anything else?

After all these years, and multitudes of theological courses and researched backgrounds for homilies - I really do on occasion - and more than a little pon¬dering, I find out that I still have the same conviction that God still has it all worked out and still loves us, despite us...

fetscherDear Family,
Get a shot! That’s probably the strangest way I have ever begun a Pentecost bulletin reflec¬tion. But perhaps the most Spirit-filled thing I can say to you is, “If you have not yet gotten a Covid vaccine shot, do it!”

I suspect most of us in the parish have done that, at least in our age bracket. But I surely hope you can encourage the younger members of your family to do the same. If you have to explain why to them, tell them that if they aren’t concerned about their own health they need to be concerned about the health of others, especially people who legitimately are not able to take the vaccine.

fetscherDear Family,
Who is under the mask? I keep wondering. It’s pretty embarrassing when you are three minutes into a conversation, and you really don’t know to whom you are speaking. T. J. Sharpe and I may be the only ones immediately recognizable. We do have elegantly shaped heads.

That thought may seem a strange way to begin a Twitch on the Feast of the Ascension (i.e. Seventh Sunday of Easter). Basically, what we celebrate on this feast is an idea that emerges from the gospels. Matthew, Mark and Luke tell us in one way or another that Jesus returned to his Father. In John, Jesus says to Mary Magdalene, “Do not hold on to me for I have not yet ascended to my father.”

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