Lord Above All

Readings for Sunday, October 19 — 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6; Psalm 96: 1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10; 1 Thessalonians: 1:15-B ; Matthew 22:15-21

Suggested Reflection Questions:

  • In the first reading and the Psalm, we are reminded of the greatness of God, above all gods and above all nations. What are some of the false gods that society worships today? Do you find yourself buying into these ideas? Think for a moment on the nature of God, above all and all-powerful. What does that mean for your faith?

  • In the second reading, we are introduced to the well-known phrase “labor of love” (as well as “work of faith” and “endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ”). In your life, what has been a labor of love or a work of faith for you? Were you able to find endurance in Jesus?

  • In the Gospel reading, Jesus wisely responds to the Pharisees, who were trying to entrap him by asking the question about taxes. Jesus makes a wise distinction between societal duties and duties to God. When you think about your duties to society and duties to God, are you conflicted in any way? What might Jesus advise you?