Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 22, 2017

Caesar and GodThis is the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time. God is infinitely creative in working out God’s purposes - even using situations and people that might seem totally out of the box. Cyrus of Persia, a gentile ruler who neither knew nor believed in the God of Israel, was anointed by God to further God’s plan. When the Pharisees hope to corner Jesus on a tax issue, Jesus uses the situation to point to a deeper reality. As his entrappers supply a Roman coin (something a Jew should not be carrying since the inscribed image called Caesar divine), he responds “Repay to Caesar what belongs to him” --the coin with Caesar’s image. “Repay to God what belongs to God” --the human person stamped with God’s image. (Thanks to Fr. James Wallace for “Stamped in God’s image.”) Further, the gospel has come to us “not in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit.” How are we being called to give ourselves to God and to God’s people? To love and serve especially the least among us, as Jesus? Do we rely on God’s power and the Spirit’s guidance?

The Readings:

  • Is 45: 1 & 4-6. The pagan ruler, Cyrus, is God’s chosen instrument. God uses unexpected resources to accomplish the divine plan, even political leaders.
  • 1 Thes 1: 1-5b. The Thessalonians - and we - have received not only the word but the power of the gospel and the Holy Spirit! Therein is it all.
  • Mt 22: 15-21. Give Caesar what is his, but give God what belongs to God. Rather like the coin, each of us is “stamped” with God’s image. All we are and have belongs to God...how is God calling us?

Of Note:

  • There will be a Stewardship Ministry Showcase after all the Masses this weekend. Look around and check out some of the amazing ways people are involved in sharing their God-given gifts for the greater good. Disciples Respond!
  • The Mass for the Louisville Deaf Community will resume its regular schedule, 1:00 PM on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, on October 29, 2017. The 9:00 AM mass will continue to be ASL interpreted.
  • The Feast of All Saints will be celebrated with masses Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.
  • Training for those newly interested in serving as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00 – 11:00 AM in the Worship Center.
  • Mark your calendars now for our Memorial Mass for all the loved ones of our community members who have died during the past year on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:00 PM. Come, pray, remember and celebrate.
  • Looking for a resource to pray the weekend Scriptures? “At Home with the Word” is a booklet that contains the scripture passages for each weekend with a short reflection, and the parish is able to get a group rate. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please contact Linda. Large print editions are also available.