Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear Heavenly Father,
You have blessed us far beyond what we deserve.
You have given us your Son as a ransom for our sinful souls, and sent the Holy Spirit to guide us back to you.
Now, as we pause to meditate, on who you are and what you have given, we desire to show you our gratitude.
We realize that it is not the size of our gift, but the heart behind it that gives pleasure to you.
Help us to discern how we may joyfully bless you, our church family, and our community with gifts
of our time, our talents, and our treasure.
In giving may we grow in our most precious gift, our faith, and may we find new ways to serve and bless
others in the holy name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Reading I is 45:1, 4-6
Responsorial Psalm ps 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
Reading II 1 thes 1:1-5b
Gospel mt 22:15-21
The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “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. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”