Posted by: livingscripture | October 16, 2011

Twenty Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

                                                                                             Matthew 22: 21        

How should we live this Word

 

This is an important moment for Jesus to affirm Himself as the revealer of the Father.  It is also interesting to note that His questioners, who are only seeking to entrap Him, express lofty praise of Him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status.” 

The dilemma posited by his enemies regards money.  Should they or should they not pay taxes to Caesar, the Roman emperor who occupies Palestine?  As usual, Jesus answers with a question.  “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”  The answer is obvious; it is Caesar’s.  In fact, the image is of Caesar and not of God.  God has no need of money, which is a human creation and, if not well used, can enslave people.  Fortunately, we belong to God and to no one else!  Created and sculpted in His image, we fulfill ourselves only by handing ourselves over to Him whose imprint we bear.                                                

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will stop to reflect on this truth. I am made in Your image and likeness Lord!

 

Grant that I may belong to no one else, not even to myself.  It is only by restoring myself to You that I can become what I am, the splendor of Your reflection. 

The voice of St. Gregory of Nyssa

 

The sky is not God’s image nor the moon, nor the sun, nor the beauty of the stars, nor anything else that can be seen in creation.  You alone are made in the image of the Reality that surpasses all intelligence, likeness of incorruptible beauty, imprint of true divinity, receptacle of beatitude, seal of true light.


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