Shalom – 22/10/2017

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Shalom

Sun 22nd Oct 2017
29th Week in Ordinary Time (A)

Is. 45:1,4-6
Ps. 96(95):1,3,4-5,7-8,9-10
1 Thess. 1:1-5
Mt. 22:15-21   (Ps Wk I)

 

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The first two readings today talk about call and faithfulness to that call. God calls whom He wills and often unexpected people are called, as in the case of Cyrus, who hardly knew God. In calling him God gave him a special anointing and a special name. We note in the reading that God grasps his hand indicating that the power for his mission is from God and God will lead him. Cyrus was the chosen instrument who liberated the Jews and permitted them to return to their own land and re-build the temple in Jerusalem. The Thessalonians in the second reading are praised by Paul for the way they live their lives through the love and endurance they experience in Jesus.

In the Gospel reading on the other hand, the Pharisees, far from liberating people, lead them further into slavery through their many outward rituals. Here in the Gospel reading they try again to test Jesus by asking Him an awkward question. Whatever way He answers He will be offending one side or the other, the people or the Roman authorities. But Jesus knows their hearts and answers their question by asking another. He tells them to give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. There is no contradiction here but in mentioning God, Jesus raises their question to a new level and leads them to the truth.

Lord, may we be faithful to our calling and remember again that You are with us always leading us to You!

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