Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017

We are God’s Image

The Book of Genesis 1:26-27, says that “we are made in the image and likeness of God.”
Hence, we belong to God and we are to give God what is due him. How do we give God what belongs to
him? Giving to God comes natural when we realize how much God love us. The closer we come to
God, the more we become friends of God and the more we give to God who gave everything to us in the
first place.

Giving to God is not a chore but it is pure joy for us and an act of love. We give to God in
many different ways. We give to God by keeping Sunday as Lord’s day. God comes first. We give to
God when we are obedient to his teachings and ways. We also give to God when we pray every day.
Prayer every day is essential for a Christian in a world that has increasingly become secularized. Prayer
keeps us close to Jesus and helps us carry our crosses.

The drama of the Gospel is being played out all around us today. We give to Caesar what belongs
to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Some would like to drown out the voice of Jesus. There will always be those who
oppose giving to God what belongs to God. But we have God’s image on us, we belong to God, and the only way to true happiness
is to put God first. If we give only to Caesar and not to God, Caesar will not be there to welcome us to eternity or to judge how we
lived. We give to God because we are giving back to God who first loved us and gave us everything we have and because we look
forward to all eternity with God.

God Bless, !!! Fr. Elmer