Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Welcome to the last feast in the Christmas cycle, the Baptism of the Lord. I think of this feast often. In Matthew’s version of the story, when Jesus presents himself for baptism to John the Baptist, John objects. “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John allowed him.

Forgive me for quoting a long footnote from the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE) on Mt 3:14-15 but you’ll see why...

msgrfetscherDear Family,
When the Three Kings came, they were representatives of the gentile world. The light of the Christ child shone upon them, too. Not only did they see his star in the east, but they also had very good connections with angels, and they receive a warning in a dream not to return to Herod the Great. Herod had murdered two of his own sons, some of his wives, and his faither-in-law as well to stay in power. When the Magi left town not telling Herod about the Messiah, he murdered all the boys younger than two years of age, because they too, threatened his reign. Joseph hid Mary and Jesus in Egypt to avoid Herod’s evil.

msgrjimDear Family,
Each week I begin the Twitch with ‘Dear Family.’ Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. For the fun of it, I took a trip to one of my favorite language sites: and checked out “family.”

Boy, was I surprised! I won’t quote the whole thing, but here are a few snippets:

early 15c., "servants of a household," from Latin familia "family servants, domestics collectively, the servants in a household," thus also "members of a household, the estate, property; the household, including relatives and servants," abstract noun formed from famulus "servant, slave," which is of unknown origin.

msgrjimDear Family,
Six days before Christmas! All the merchants are telling us we still have time to get in the extra shopping to take care of the stuff and/or people we forgot. Years ago, my brothers and sisters decided that we would not do Christmas presents. Since there are seven of us, before you even got to anyone else, you’d have a pile of gifts to take care of. (Birthdays, however, are okay!)

Although I confess to working at finding easy ways of shopping online, I get a kick out of giving the gift. We would ask Mom what she would like for Christmas, and her constant and inevitable answer was always, “Good Children.” We kept looking anyway, because sometimes it was easier to buy a present, rather than be good. In truth, however, my brothers and sisters are good people, and good people to know. It breaks my heart to hear of problems that families have at times.

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