All the bloodshed of the world today, and there is a staggering amount (yet we don’t reel from this), has not solved a single problem of the modern world. There are some people who seem to think that if we only find the right scapegoat and sacrifice that population (it’s no longer an individual thing) then our problems will be solved. The children at the border crisis is an example. People blame the refugees for their problems so they conclude it is right that they should suffer. Whereas nothing could be further from the truth. Our national problems are not the refugees at the border, and only a difficulty in the lack of ethical fiber now laid bare in our culture.

Only the blood of Jesus, in the free deliberateness of his sacrifice, effects the peace that we all dream about and fail to attain, because we are persisting in the wrong approach — kill the scapegoat! The blood of Jesus is not death, but life in that the renewal of the human and divine relationship is reconciled.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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