In a time of corona virus, set very much feels like we are entering a time of darkness, and there is no light yet at the end of the tunnel. We certainly do long for the ned of this plague, but even while in this time, we have the opportunity to live as children of the light. Pope Francis is reminding of us this morning that children of the light live in charity, love for one another.

This is a great call for us to charity. There’s this dark feeling about that us humans are liable to riot when pushed too far. A tipping point has already happened. The authentic Catholic responds to all this, not with thoughts and anxieties of darkness, but with this charity that comes from Christ, we respond with prayer and calm, and we respond by carefulness for ourselves, our families and for others.

Finally St. Paul calls us to attentiveness, an awakened state in preparation for the return of Christ. It is not only an alert state to the presence of Christ, but also an attention to the details and charity that communion and community requires for survival. For Paul, this awakened state enables the Christian to function ethically in society.

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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