The core evangelization message is Vs. 6 of this reading, “It is too little for you . . . I will make you a light to the nations.” In these days, any light in the darkness of this world would be welcomed. We must ask ourselves if we the church are turning in ourselves as if we were some elite, or if we have rolled up our sleeves to bring light into the messiness of this world. Withdrawal is too little a mission for the church today. The great work ahead of the church today is the same as it always has been — light to the nations.

The church, for the sake of this great mission of light, relies on God alone. The Psalmist gives the answer; God has put a new song into our hearts. The imagery here is beautiful. It does not mean we/re going to get q new hymnal; it does mean that our hearts will be given a new vision and we will have the courage and attitude of a servant to accept and receive it.

What exactly is this new song, this new vision? It certainly orients the church/communion toward evangelization. It is an inclusive vision for living out the gospel. Typically, our vision of church work, is a very small vision. one might dare to critique the church by observing that just as the 1950s church had it methods and rigidity, perhaps the church of today hs also become rigid, and we’re still doing parish that way we did when Vatic II was still at first florescence.

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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