“See, darkness covers the earth, and thick clouds cover the peoples,” in the Isaiah prophecy seems apt to describe the world today. A New York Times article today on why we are depressed sets out the scene. Quoting Freud, the Times writes, “anger is depression turned inward.” This is the darkness and thick clouds imagery covering for the political, economical, social, and environmental chaos we are in. Where is the light in the darkness?

The light is the glory of God shining on a people who have repented and turned away from their ways back to the Torah, which describes an entirely different way of life in sharp contrast to the modern world. Because of this light, when fully lived, others will find their way. The wealth of the nations is not of course the material goods, but rather the people, the Human Resources, the dignity of every person. The prophecy images a great ingathering of the peoples, no longer divided by war, inequality, racism, or anything else. Who doesn’t yearn for such a world today, covered as we are by darkness and clouds?

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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