The responsorial psalm praises God for God’s gracious mercy and for the beauty of creation, but the praise does not stop there. The exhortation to these “”works” of the Lord, including us humans, is both to discourse on this mercy and might and to make these things known to all the children of Adam. This is the conversation we have among ourselves and that we make known outside our little circle. Praise evangelizes.

Parents can lead a family supper conversation, as I know one couple does in my parish, and ask everyone at the table to share one beautiful thing in creation that they experienced that day. The notice and the sharing at the table then fulfill the psalm.

The hesitation to make known the glorious splendor of God’s reign arises because we are so enamored of our current economics and politics that we can’t imagine anything better. We love wealth so much we are willing to trash morality and ethics and values. This work of imagining is up to the homilist to re-establish.

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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