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Jesus, Who?

fetscherDear Family,
I think maybe you have caught me in a bad moment. Perhaps, sad moment would be better. A charity to which I contribute, like many thers, sent me some Christmas cards I could use. I noticed that some spoke of the birth of the Savior at the heart of Christmas. Other cards said, Happy Holidays. These cards were from the same charity, ironically Christian in its origin and outlook. No Jesus, No nativity. I realize there are other holidays being celebrated around this time by others, but I have no doubt that those holidays would not be nearly as important in their own cultures and customs if they didn’t have to sort of compete with Christmas.

fetscherRejoice!
Dear Family,
We are ten days away. We pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” No wonder the Liturgy today says, “Rejoice.”

The color even changes and a rose color emerges from the bluish-purple that has been trying to invite us into a little introspection. (It is rose, not p--k. I don’t wear p--k.)

The new color seems as though it is responding to St. Paul’s call to the Philippians: “Rejoice” “Again, I say rejoice!” As he is finishing his letter to them, Paul tells the Philippians, “Have no anxiety!” If Paul had ever made a Marriage Encounter, maybe he would have heard the guideline that ‘You can’t tell someone how to feel.’ Maybe Paul was expressing his own attitude and state of mind. When he says, “Have no anxiety” was he really saying, “I feel no anxiety”?

fetscher"Watch the Road"
Dear Family,
That was the advice of the Oklahoma bus driver who drove 900,000 over 23 years without an accident. When asked how he did it, he replied, “Watch the Road.” Ever since I used that last week in the homily I’ve been thinking about roads, my road in particular. Stay with me now because I think it might get bumpy.

fetscherHAPPY NEW YEAR OF MERCY
Dear Family,
No, I didn’t flip December along with November on my calendar. Today is the Church’s “New Year.” With the First Sunday of Advent, today we begin our new cycle of retelling and reliving the saving story of Jesus. This year, for the most part, our story teller be Luke the Evangelist.

Of course we have heard these readings before, (some of us many times.) Yet the question remains, are we hearing anything different today? If the word of God is living and active, as Hebrews 4:12 tells us, then God’s word addresses the new situations in which we find ourselves.

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