In Habakkuk, we hear the words as if they were about us today, for they describe the same situation. “Destruction and violence are before me; there is strife and clamorous discord.” This rings in my ears like modern Aermican politics.

Our response, however, is not to join in and participate, but to go back to the vision, remember it, believe in it, and work for it. These things take time. In other words the faithful disciple does not give up or in.

What is the vision? Jesus’ exodus to Jerusalem in the gospel of Luke is as good as any place to start. Discipleship costs. The goal is resurrection.

Or perhaps the Psalm 95. Our response in the midst of our mess described so well by Habakkuk is praise and thanksgiving. To give in to negativism, hopelessness, and despair is not the solution. Nor is this some sort of pollyanna bubbleliness. We have seen for ourselves what Gad has done and is still at work in us. Hold fast to the vision. It is true. It’s also work.

Consider all the volunteers in a parish. They work because they have a vision that their small contribution makes a big difference. Encourage them. Hold up the vision before them.

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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