October 16, 2011, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, but to God what is God's." (Matthew 22:21)
1. Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
2. 1Thes 1:1-5b
3. Gospel Matthew 22:15-21 Readings Here
REFLECTION: To understand Jesus’ statement we need to ask ourselves a few questions:
To whom do we owe allegiance, and for what?
How much power should any government have - even a just one?
Can we ever place a human power above God?
PRAYER: Lord God, give us the wisdom to do what is right by you in all the situations of our lives. Teach us what justice means and help us to carry it out at home, in school, at work, in business and in political choices. May your life flow through us wherever we are. Amen.
Monday: At the family meal tonight ask this question. How do we show our faith in action?
Tuesday: If you don’t have a special ministry or an activity that you do in your parish, make an offer to help in some way.
Wednesday: Reflect on your decisions and the place of God in them. Think of a recent example.
Thursday: We all know what competition and conflict over rights can do to family life. Pray the rosary today for your family.
Friday: Read a book, article or news report concerning an injustice in the world, e.g. Latin American peasant farmers have no land to grow food, while land-owners occupy countless acres. Offer your day today in remembrance and reparation for the injustice you read about.
Saturday: Pray today for World Peace, especially for the decisions of country leaders, our President and Congress and the decisions that they make.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, your cosmic gaze focused on dust and you fashioned in your image and likeness every man and woman. Give us, we beg, a keen eye to recognize that image so that respect for all human life becomes our way of life. Grant this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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