29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (2014)

Jesus’ answer to the question of paying taxes to Caesar has led to much misunderstanding. Some interpret it as Jesus separating our civic obligations from the requirement of our faith. This leads to two separate worlds: one about our social/political life and another about our faith life. I don’t think this is what Jesus intended. He meant to urge each one of us to recognize to whom we belong and in whose image we have been created. It’s reminding us that our allegiance, our fidelity, is always to the one true Lord- not to any modern-day Caesar. This conviction is what should influence every dimension of how we live and influence every choice we make. In the words of the prophet Isaiah., God says: “I am the Lord and there is no other.”

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