Modeled after the life of Jesus Christ himself, the disciple is called to a holy life and to “bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that come from God.” For the vast majority of USA catholics this is frequently overlooked in our “anything goes” and relativity culture, which perhaps explains the merely few American saints. All this St. Paul writes because Jesus came and destroyed death and brought life. The death destroyed is or culture in which we misplaced our hope for life only to live in a culture of death, enamored as we are of abortion, wars, violence, a lack of gun controls, racism, and the plunder of the environment. This is a culture of death. It is also an unholy culture as well. The homilist is called on to cry out in the modern wilderness to restore a culture of life. We glimpse this life in the gospel Transfiguration example.

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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