THE TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
October 19, 2014
In today's Gospel, Jesus and the religious leaders in Jerusalem
continue their tense exchange of questions and challenges.
At this point the disciples of the Pharisees, together with the
Herodians, try to entrap Jesus by their question about the
payment of taxes.
Matthew sets up an unusual partnership between the Pharisees
and the Herodians. The Herodians were supporters of Herod
Antipas, a Jewish political leader who collaborated with the Romans. Such collaboration would have required a compromised observance of the Mosaic Law. The Pharisees, on the other hand, taught scrupulous observance of the Mosaic Law and opposed Roman occupation. Herodians favored the payment of taxes; the Pharisees opposed it. The Herodians and the Pharisees approach Jesus, asking that he take sides in their dispute. If Jesus answers with the Pharisees, he shows himself to be an enemy of Rome. If he answers with the Herodians, he offends popular Jewish religious sensibilities.
Jesus' response to this attempt to trap him exposes the guile of his questioners. From his first words to them, Jesus shows that he is very much aware of what they are trying to do. He asks to
see a Roman coin, which is readily provided to him. It may have come from the hand of a Herodian, but the Pharisees show themselves to be quite willing to accept this compromise.
Jesus has already exposed the Pharisees as hypocrites.
Jesus takes his response one step further. He asks that his questioners examine the coin. Agreeing that it is Caesar's image on the coin, Jesus tells them that it must belong to Caesar. Avoiding the question of lawfulness altogether, Jesus answers their question with simple logic. Then, going further still, Jesus tells them that their obligation is to pay to God that which belongs to God.
Jesus' response to the Herodians and Pharisees suggests the ethic that Christians ought to adopt. It reminds us of the importance of keeping things in their proper perspective. Do we attach ourselves to worldly things at the expense of the love and honor that we owe to God?
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Sunday, Oct 19: 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Marie Cullins (1st anniv.) by the Cullins Family
9:00 AM Our Lady ** Repose of all Souls in Purgatory
9:00 AM St. Mary ** For the People
10:30 AM St. Mark ** Janet Theriault by Phil & Jean Leach
11:00 AM St. Denis ** Rev. L. Chanel Cyr by Chip & Janet Beckwith & Family
11:00 AM St. Louis ** Marie Mae Lagasse by Georgette Bourgoin
3:00 PM St. Mary ** Edith Collins by Fern Albert Gauvin
Monday, Oct 20:
8:30 AM St. Mark ** Yvette Deabay by Our Lady of the Snows Sodality
10:00 AM St. Mary ** Funeral Mass
Tuesday, Oct 21:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Joseph Gerard McNeal by Mary & Norm
Wednesday, Oct 22:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Richard Plourde by Fern Michaud
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Joseph B. Anderson by Roger & Geraldine Oakes
Thursday, Oct 23:
8:30 AM St. Denis ** Real J. Oakes, Sr. by Garnet M. & Rita Rochford
6:30 PM Holy Rosary ** Ralph & Anne Pinette by Peter & Charlene
Friday, Oct 24:
8:30 AM Holy Rosary ** Deceased Martin Family Members by Pit & Christine Theriault
8:30 AM St. Mary ** Vera LeBlanc by Diane Smith & Judy Kenney
Saturday, Oct 25: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:00 PM Holy Rosary ** Theresa Cummings by John & Johnnie Cancelarich
4:00 PM St. Mary ** Mort Carlstrom by Reno & Cleo
4:00 PM St. Theresa ** Galen Akerson (anniv.) by Wife Joyce & Family
5:30 PM Sacred Heart ** Claire St. Peter (1st anniv.) by Her Family
6:00 PM St. Catherine ** Claude Guerrette by His Wife Cecile & Family
6:00 PM St. Joseph ** Health & Well-Being of Marc by Mom & Dad
Sunday, Oct 26: Priesthood Sunday
9:00 AM Holy Rosary ** Anita Belanger by Ron & Lou Willey
9:00 AM Our Lady ** For the People
9:00 AM St. Mary ** Reta Mae Gallagher by St. Mary’s Daughters of Isabella
10:30 AM St. Mark ** Patricia Belanger by Our Lady of the Snows Sodality
11:00 AM St. Denis ** Joe Solomon & Theresa Edgecomb by Anna Putnam & Natalie Hackett
11:00 AM St. Louis ** Arline Wark (BD) by Her Sister Bea Beahm
3:00 PM St. Mary ** Loretta Walton by Earlyne & David Lamoreau
* In case of a Funeral Mass, the Daily Mass Intention will be rescheduled.