Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God.


 

Opening Prayer

Loving God, open my mind and heart to live the wisdom of the Gospel in my daily interactions. Scripture Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and repay to God what belongs to God. Matthew 22:21  
 

 

Reflection

Every twelve years our calendar of Scripture readings coincides with the civic calendar to place today’s readings in the weeks before our presidential election. It’s a time to pray and deeply ponder our civic duty and the often complex relationship between God and “Caesar”, church and state, the common good and the prevalence of power and control that can undermine human dignity.

Today’s Gospel reading describes a trap! The Pharisees are out to get Jesus. First they ‘butter him up’ then throw a zinger question at him, sure that he will mess up no matter how he answers their question.
 
Jesus, however, refused the trap of false alternatives or of identifying with a single issue. Instead he challenges them to think about the One in whose image they have been created.
 
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and repay to God what belongs to God.”
 
What belongs to God? The world and everything and everyone in it, including me and every other person who shares life on this planet, no matter the color of their skin, their country of origin, their wealth or poverty, their education or lack of it,…
 
Politics must not be a power grab. It must be a service to the common good. (Pope Francis, “Fratelli Tutti” 2020.)
 
And the question for each of us becomes how will I live out my civic duty, my fidelity to the Gospel, my values and my commitment to the common good, one decision at a time, day after day, after day,…
 

Closing Prayer

O God, give us wisdom. Teach us integrity of heart, that we may discern the truth and live in right relationship with our sisters and brothers, no matter what the cost. Amen.
 

 

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