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Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time : October 19, 2014

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 22: 15 – 21

Gospel reading

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.”
*Supporters of Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee. **The emperor Tiberius (14-37 A.D.)

Brief commentary

Today’s reading continues a series of controversies between Jesus and the Jewish leaders. As in other disputes, their questions are intended to force Jesus to take either a position contrary to that held by the majority of people or one that will put him in conflict with the Roman authorities. If Jesus says “yes,” he risks being in violation of Jewish law. If he says “no,” then he could be guilty of sedition, a violation of Roman rule. The Pharisees resented paying taxes to Rome while the Herodians favored it. Both groups joined forces to trap Jesus and approach him in a flattering but hypocritical manner. The fact that the Pharisees were in possession of the Roman coin implied their implicit acceptance of the financial advantages of the Roman administration in Palestine. Jesus clearly states that those who are willing to use the coin that belongs to Caesar should repay him in kind. On the other hand, those who want to do the will of God should repay him with the good deeds that he asks of all believers.

Today's reading offers three significant messages:

  • The metaphor of the coin may stand for the many issues where Christians today find conflict between their citizenship and their baptism, between what makes them members of a nation and what makes them followers of Christ.
  • Christians are called to balance their lives between the morality of their faith and the morality of the secular world.
  • Jesus calls his followers to be as faithful in paying their debts to God as they are in paying them to the government.

For our shared or personal reflection:

After a brief pause for silent reflection share your answers, ideas or feelings.

  • Have I ever found myself in conflict between the values of my faith and those of my culture? What happened?
  • When all is said and done, do I follow the Gospel or do I give in to the pressure of the “Pharisees and Herodians” around me?

Suggested readings:
Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 407-408; 450; 520; 1888; 1895-1896.

LIFE AND DIGNITY

Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love.
Pope Francis

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.”

— Matthew 22:21

SIX RULES FOR HAPPINESS

1. Liberate your heart from hatred.
2. Liberate your mind from worry.
3. Live simply.
4. Share more.
5. Lower your expectations.
6. Remain hopeful.


2014 ARCHBISHOP’S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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CONFESSION SCHEDULE

Important

On Saturday, Our new Confession Schedule is:

10:00am to 11:00am.
4:00pm to 5:00pm.

GROWING IN THE FAITH - RCIA

The Lord invites all of us to fully participate in the sacramental life of the Church. If you or someone you know wants to become a Catholic, has not received all of Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation) or wants to discover the treasure of our Catholic faith, join us for our Growing in the Faith Program which began on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 7:00pm in our Parish Office and ends on the Paschal Vigil on April 4, 2015.

For more information, please call Denise Duarte at (305) 361-1378 or Linda Chehab at (305) 205-8943.

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY

October 19th

This week, we join with Catholics worldwide in praying for the Missions. This Weekend there will be a Second Collection to support the missionary work of Priests, Religious and Lay people who work in village missions, schools, clinics, evangelization programs.

Please be as generous as possible in your contributions to this Special Collection.

MEN’S EMMAUS RETREATS

Men’s Emmaus Retreat in Spanish will be held on October 24, 25 and 26 at the Youth Center.

For more information please call Juan Cremaschi : at (786) 298-9962 or Tomas Helou : tom_helou@yahoo.com at (305) 778-6161.

OCTOBER, “RESPECT LIFE” MONTH

October 25 and 26, 2014

We will be having our annual Baby Shower to benefit the Respect Life office. Please bring your gifts to the Pastoral Center or to any Mass that weekend. We accept any kind of baby items, no toys. Donations are welcome by check.

REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES

All the Masses on the Feast of All Saints, November 1st,

All Souls Day, November 2nd,

A Novena of Masses will be celebrated during the month of November for all the faithful departed.

All those who wish to include their relatives and friends in these special Masses, may do so by filling out an All Souls Day envelope, with their names, and returning it today or All Souls Day. The envelopes are available at the entrance of the Church.

ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING

We are going to have one session of training on Tuesday, November 4th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at St. Agnes Church for the boys and girls who have received First Communion and want to be Altar Servers and for those who are already Altar Servers.

For registration call the parish office at (305) 361-2351.

YOUTH GROUP NEWS

Follow all of the Youth Group happenings:
@stakbYG — Twitter
STAKBYG—Instagram

Join us for fun, fellowship and food

SCHOOL NEWS

The St. Agnes Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Albertson Parish Hall during school hours, from October 20th through 24th. There will also be a special Family Night on Tuesday, October 21st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm, including food trucks and book readings. We invite parents and parishioners to visit and support the Fair!

Show your support for St. Agnes Academy by purchasing an ad in the 2015 Yearbook! You can place an ad for your business, or dedicate an ad to the special people in your life. Best of all, your ads are tax deductible! Thanks for your support!

The St. Agnes Christmas Bazaar will be held on Sunday, December 7th from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
If you are interested in participating as a vendor, please email us at: .