Sunday, October 22, 2023
The readings for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time for Year A speak of allegiance and responsibility. From the first reading (Isaiah 45:1, 4-6) we understand that we must give our whole selves to God. The psalm (Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10) echos this with “Give the Lord glory and honor.” The second reading (1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B) speaks of how we are called and chosen to do the work of Christ. And in the gospel (Matthew 22:15-21) Jesus explains that we must “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. “
So topics for this weekend might include our willingness to give our time and gifts back to God. We could also talk about the need to work to change unjust laws and systems. Here are some ideas:
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