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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 20, A.D. 2002

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

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"Then render to Caesar what is Caesar's, but give to God what is God's."

The Jews were trapped by an oppressive foreign government and they were powerless to change the situation. We too, are finding ourselves in an increasingly oppressive government of bureaucracy over which we have relatively little control. Normally, our only hope is at the elections.

Could there be more?

Have we considered organizing or encouraging Christian principles in politics? Mindful that all public law should be derived from basic God-given principles, shouldn't we be watchful that government stays close to those principles? Have we considered public office, beginning at local levels and then working upwards? If principled people fail to do this, who do you suppose will make the decisions that we'll be 'legally obliged' to follow?

It's easy enough to vote for those who openly espouse a virtuous political path, but it is disaster when there is no such candidate. It isn't too late to think of ways to change our country from within. Let us begin by becoming habitually prayerful people drawing ever-closer to God. Let us seek opportunity to speak and act as people of virtue. With God's help and persistence, doors will open for good people to become God's representatives.

- Joachim, ocds

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