There’s a building locally that is taking an extraordiarily long time to complete, and it is typically the topic of laughter. The developer is paying for it as it goes up, which is to say, when it is finished it will be paid for, and then a major structure in the local downtown area. On the way, people laugh, wonder, and use the length of construction time as a metaphor for eternity.

I learned during the development and construction project of our little Guardian Angels parish center building that also holds our current worship space, that it takes much planning, coordinating, and strategizing. One big aspect of it all: where’s the money going to come from? And this is a small consideration in light of Jesus’ second part of the parable.

We cn scarily imagine the complexities of international diplomacy, the making of treaties, and the attempts to build a world of peace. Many moving parts and people are involved. So, I have to read the news with a bit of perspective. It seems very difficult for the journalist to encapsulate all this in a very brief sound bite that is inevitably short of the goal of explanation and tainted by word choices inclined toward one view or another of the matter.

dYet at the end of the day, it is not so much the two examples of discernment that Jesus gives us, it is the renunciation of possessions in the first place. For me this may be a matter of downsizing at this point, and so somewhat easier to do.

Discipleship is all about the decision and about the turning away from the materialism of this world and prioritizing the things of heaven. The first reading brings me up short, then, when it tells me that we scarce can know the things of heaven. This is where blind faith really enters the picture.

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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