The front range of Colorado is having a white out blizzard today, like the “dazzling white” of Jesus in the Transfiguration. The physical world gets altered by natural forces, and the interior world is transformed by the manifestation of the Spirit. Problem: the Spirit is difficult to point out and name. If we tell someone about our spiritual experiences, dreams, and visions, we get “that look.” If Peter, James, and John had actually told anyone of the mountain top experience, they would have been looked at askance. Why are we so hesitant and suspicious of spiritual matters?

Confessions again this Lent. People are confessing their political, or rather that politics of others who irritate them. They are of every different kind of political stripe imaginable. “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we also await a savior, Jesus Christ” So, just when I am tempted to enter the political fray, I can choose this thought and teaching. In heaven there are no more political parties or earthly rulers, but only our savior, Jesus Christ. I am remembering that theBible says not to put our trust into humans. It is hard of the disciple today to change the topic and shift the notion of citizenship. I’ve always thought of this text as a rationale for not having any national flag in church, where we gather as citizens of heaven. 

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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