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Scripture reflections help us in our prayer life. They help us to listen to God's Word and to better understand the readings.
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October 19, 2014
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
At that (Jesus) said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." Matthew 22:21
I think it comes down to choice.
Who and what do we choose to do? And how do our choices reflect on our lives as Christians?
Who comes first? Caesar or God?
Who comes first in our hearts?
When it comes to abortion, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to euthanasia, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to conscience rights, I choose God. Not Caesar.
When it comes to the death penalty, I choose God, not Caesar.
Of course it is easy to talk about here. Sometimes the choice is not so easy. People have lost their jobs for their faith. People have been ridiculed and insulted for their faith.
People have died for their faith.
What do we think we owe God?
I think our answers tell us where our heart lives.
Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of life. Thank you for the freedom you have given me to choose to love you. Help me make the right choices. Help me to choose for you, even when it seems too difficult. Even when I feel afraid. Amen.
Mon., Oct 20
St. Paul of the Cross
Ephesians 2:1-10; Luke 12:13-21
How does my greed get in the way of my relationship with Jesus?
Lord, there is so much I want in this world. Everyday something new appeals to me. Help me to surrender my greed for more possessions and replace it with a greater desire for you. You are all I ever need.
Tues., Oct. 21
Ephesians 2:12-22; Luke 12:35-38
Jesus reminds us that we must always be prepared for his coming. Am I prepared for the coming of the Lord?
Lord, I know you could come at any time. I want to be prepared for your arrival. Sometimes world desires get in the way and I am not completely prepared for you. Help me to always be prepared for your coming – take away all worldly desires.
Wed., Oct 22
St. John Paul II
Ephesians 3:2-12; Luke 12:39-48
Jesus says that he will surprise us with his presence when we least expect it. What can I do today to prepare myself for his presence?
Lord, I know you are coming. I do not know when. Grant me the presence of mind to always be prepared for you. Never allow me to forget that you could surprise me right this very moment.
Thurs., Oct. 23
St. John of Capistrano
Ephesians 3:14-21; Luke 12:49-53
Jesus warns us that faith in him will cause division among households. When have I witnessed a great divide due to my faith in Jesus?
Lord, I know it was not your intention, but humans are greatly divided regarding faith in you. Help me to heal these divisions whenever possible and then do what is necessary to keep my own faith strong regardless of any divisions.
Fri., Oct. 24
St. Anthony Mary Claret
Ephesians 4:1-6; Luke 12:54-59
What changes do I need to make to live a Christian life?
Lord, you have blessed me with a call to be Christian. Sometimes I do not live in a manner reflecting that call. Help me to see what I need to change in my life and grant me the courage to make the necessary changes.
Sat., Oct. 25
Ephesians 4:7-16; Luke 13:1-9
We have been given gifts to help us in our Christian ministry. What is my best gift and how am I using it?
Lord, you have given me many gifts. Help me to see the gift which will best help me in my ministry and grant me the courage to use that gift to the best of my ability.
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