The entries this week are for the Ordinary Time 21 C. Our first reading is from the end of the prophet Isaiah. It is a rousing and consulate vision from God who announces, “I come to gather nations of every language.” For the life of me, I do not understand how the American heresy of evangelicalism can misread this passage and persist in their racism and white supremacy. But too many of us Catholics can be indicted for the same sins. How much more clear do God have to speak? And some shall even be priests! It is pathetic to hear the North American white Catholic complain about a foreign born priest assigned to their lily parish. After all their sons aren’t becoming priests, enarmoed by the great god Baal as they are. And God forbid that an American should learn another language! Could be because they don’t even know that grammar of their own? I guess it involves too much thinking.

This last week the Danish offered to buy the United States! First our government wanted to buy Greenland. Danish ownership would mean free health care, free college education, a four day work week, a $20 minimum wage, unburdening us of any foreign war, leadership by a far better king than what we purport to have, paid parental maternity leave, cheap prescription drugs, and Denmark is the 2nd happinesst country in the world! Of course, whiners that we are, that wouldn’t last.

The point is that God’s universal plan is not our plan. God is for communion and we are for division. The people of Israel, on the verge of collapse will be sent for as fugitives to the nations to proclaim God’s glory. Yes, even to Javan, the Hebrew name for the Greeks! dThe whole Isaiah universal vision is held by Jesus in his teaching in the gospel this coming Sunday. It’s time to preach about these things.

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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