To coin a phrase

Readings for October 18, 2020

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Matthew 22:15-21

It seems in 2020, the world is a complete mess. Stark political and cultural divisions, horrific church scandals, and a life-taking pandemic have many of us wondering what’s next and where we can turn for relief from all this stress. Many felt similarly in Jesus’ time as well. Yet Jesus points us away from that which rules our earthly world to that which rules our heavenly goal. 

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God” is one of the great zingers Jesus lays on the spiritual elite of his day. But more importantly, Jesus was turning the belief that the Messiah was a political king on its head. Jesus did not come to be king of the earth. He simply came to guide it by revealing and living in accord with God’s love.

And so he tells us: Give to God what belongs to God. Not coins. Not earthly goods. Glory. Honor. Praise. Thanksgiving. Love–both for God and for others. This is not only an appropriate giving to God, it will also change my own life. When my focus is changed from earth to God, I will most certainly sing a new song of praise. And in doing so I will know the promises of God, made manifest in His Son our Lord Jesus Christ. 

We have been chosen. We have been given a promise, a future, and a fulfillment. To coin a phrase, what is ours is God’s and what is God’s is more … more than we deserve, more than we can imagine, more than our earthly happiness. When we give Him His due, we live in His glory.

Grant us, Lord, we pray, a sincere respect for Your gifts, that, through the purifying action of Your grace, we may be cleansed by the very mysteries we serve. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
(Mass prayer over the offerings)

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