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October 22, 2017 — Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The last line of today’s Gospel Reading from St. Matthew contains one of the more well known of Jesus’ quotes.. When asked a bit of a trick question by the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Jesus responds by asking them whose image is on their Roman coins, to which they respond simply “Caesar’s.”
Jesus’ response to their reply is known to most of us, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” The Lord’s answer is far more perceptive than we might think, and it gives another message to us, one we must always remember. If we are followers of Christ, and if we work to be His disciple, the Lord might ask us, “Whose image is on your soul?” We have learned in the First Chapter of Genesis that God created us in His image.
The coin may be stamped with Caesar’s image, but each of us is stamped with God’s image. Thus, Jesus is implying that the coin may be Caesar’s but each of us belongs to God. In that regard we should be striving to be all those things to which Jesus called us.
That is in effect what a stewardship way of life is — recognizing that God is in each of us, we are to place ourselves in service to God and to one another. That is what is really meant by “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
Fr. Gustavo Lopez was born in Chihuahua City, Mexico on July 4th, 1968. He is the youngest of four siblings and was ordained to the Priesthood September 5th, 1995 in City of Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico by the Bishop Jose Andres Corral Arredondo. In 2006 he arrived in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana to stay and to serve.
“I am very happy to be with you. Please pray for me to serve you better!”
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“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”
Our parish family lovingly encourages you to invite Our Lady of Fatima into your home. Through Our Lady’s intercession, many graces and blessings are given.
In 1946, Our Lady of Fatima was crowned Queen of the World. The next year, through her pilgrim statue, she set forth to claim her dominion. The favors she performs along the way are such that we can hardly believe what we are seeing with our own eyes. Pope Pius XII
Our Lady visits our homes on a weekly basis and is accompanied by a prayer and song book. Many people pray the rosary and other liturgical prayers with their immediate family members and host prayer groups with family and friends.
Have questions? Want to arrange a visit of Our Lady to your home?
Call Mike Stajduhar at 304-543-8816 or Barb Martin at 574-721-5420 to schedule a “pilgrimage” visit and reserve the Our Lady of Fatima statue for your home.