Twilight Twitches

Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Why the big “OF”? (in the title of this article) Easter is a humongous feast. It’s so important that we want to keep it around. We have an eight-day period called an octave where each day is called Easter. That’s why today isn’t the second AFTER Easter, but the third Sunday OF Easter. I’m sure you have been awake all week wondering about that, and now you know.

Seriously, think about it. After Easter day we had the octave, or eight day period where the language of the liturgy kept speaking each day as though it were Easter Sunday. Why? The idea behind the octave custom after major feasts is that in a real sense, THE UNIVERSE STOPS. The death and Resurrection of Jesus exploded business as usual. For the disciples, things were radically different. In general people thought that Messiah meant someone that would get rid of the Roman domination.

divinemercy2022St. John Paul II’s Devotion to Divine Mercy

Editor’s note: Considered a mystic, St. Faustina Kow-alska spread the message of divine mercy in her per-sonal journal called "Divine Mercy in My Soul.” St. Faustina's message reverberated in St. John Paul II's heart. During the homily for her canonization on April 30, 2000, the pope declared Divine Mercy Sunday to be celebrated worldwide.

There are many notable things about the life and papacy of St. John Paul II, but the most notable is his devotion to divine mercy. In 1980, he wrote an entire encyclical on it, "Dives in Misericordia" ("Rich in Mercy"), in which he outlines the truth and meaning of mercy from biblical times to the present and beyond.

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Some people think that ‘Christ’ is Jesus’s last name. Actually, it is His title. It means Anointed, the Chosen One. One writer notes, “In Old Testament prophetic writing, it (Christos) was used as a descriptive title of an expected deliverer of the Jewish nation.” Attaching Christ to Jesus, switching it from description to name happened over centuries, coming to the way we now speak his name, Jesus Christ.

What does it mean to us? Today would be a good time to think about just what does the name “Jesus” mean to me?

msgrfetscherDear Family,
Lent ends this Wednesday, April 13th. Then we enter into the Sacred Triduum, three Holy Days that say it all. This is who we are: the people of the Table, the people of the Cross, the people of the Empty Tomb.

Today, our palms remind us of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem to the shouts of Hosanna. (Our palm crosses are made by a church up north that uses the proceeds to support some African missions.)

Reading the Passion account from Luke reminds us of how quickly the Hosannas proclaimed by the people of Jerusalem become Crucify Him of the temple leaders.

We’ve heard it before. We’re inclined to think, “Been there, done that.” But have we?

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