Sunday Reflection


 

SUNDAY REFLECTION by Father Anthony..

For October 22nd, 2017

 

 

WELCOME TO THIS SUNDAY!

I welcome you to this Sunday's celebration of the Eucharist. In today's Gospel reading, the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus. They asked him about a controversial subject with which they were very familiar: paying taxes. They wanted to trick Jesus about it, but Jesus responded this way: "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Jesus called them to remember their responsibilities as citizens of the world and to be mindful that they belong to God. Jesus was careful not to condemn the rulers of the time nor did he justify them. He invites his listeners to give political life its true place and not to confuse faith and religious fanaticism.

As Catholics, during the celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism, we are anointed the chrism of salvation as priests, prophets and kings. These three roles give us duties and responsibilities as earthly and heavenly citizens. So it is lawful to fulfill our duties towards country when we pay taxes and this makes us responsible Christians, too. As we reflect on the word of God today, let us learn not to confront our adversaries but instead help them to know that we all belong without any side being manipulated.

Amen.