Sunday 22 October 2023

About Today Readings

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6. Give the Lord glory and honour – Psalm 95(96):1, 3-5, 7-10. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5. Matthew 22:15-21.

Ultimately, everything belongs to God

What is a healthy relationship between Church and State? Over the millennia, this question has been asked and answered in countless different ways, in countless different contexts. In today’s reading, Jesus offers his perspective – conscious that his answer will have significant implications for his relationship with the Roman governor, and freedom to do his ministry.

His answer (‘repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God’), on one level, seeks to placate the governor, and has since been used and abused by governments seeking to reduce the role of religious voices in their affairs. But it also offers some helpful room to move. Because while Caesar/governments today might think the coin belongs to them, ultimately everything (our land, our people, and yes, even our wealth) belongs to God.

May we continue to remember this as we advocate on behalf of those who are left behind in our world.

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