Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
October 16, A.D. 2005
Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
“What belongs to Caesar and What belongs to God” Matthew 22:15-21
Indeed, Jesus’ response to malicious intentions for His entrapment is to render
respectively to Caesar and to God what is theirs.
“What is God’s?” and “What is Caesar’s?” Jesus invokes immediate personal
recognition that all one is and has is from God and is for God. Yet, time and
mortality leads man to formulate structures of temporal governance for situations
when man fails to act completely in love for his God-given purpose: to know, to
love and to serve God and others as one’s self. Where love is lacking, justice
steps in. This system of governance is justly supported by the society that forms
it, in the form of taxes, service, leadership, patriotism, and loyal stewardship.
In love one gives to God all that God as “Love” gives to us. In justice, one gives to
the government all that government exacts in justice.
O Lord, may we grow in knowledge, love and service of You and Your body,
the Church. May we serve, lead, support, obey the laws, and respect those we
elect to govern us in charity and justice. Amen.
- Mary Williams
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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