Sunday, 15 October 2017

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time-A
I Reading: Isaiah 45:1.4-6: I have taken Cyrus by his right hand to subdue nations before him.
II Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5: We constantly remember your faith, your love and your hope.
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21: Give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.
The Question about God and Caesar: Two Citizenships
This is the second challenge or attack by the leaders against Jesus. The words “laid plans” indicate that the ruling body of the Jews, the Sanhedrin, held an official meeting. They plotted how they might deal with this man who was claiming to be the Messiah. They fear Christ, for he was gathering the loyalty of the people so strongly around himself.
Their plot was to ask him a question about a person’s citizenship. The question was supposed to “trap him in his words” (V.15); that is, it was supposed to be impossible for Christ to answer without discrediting himself either with the people or with the Roman authorities. If he discredited himself with the people, they would react and desert him; if he discredited with the Romans, they would arrest him.
Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God used the occasion to teach the truth about citizenship because the Jews believed that the loyalty of a citizen belonged only to God, and the rest of the world believed that loyalty belonged to the ruling monarch of their territory.
Jesus Christ astounded the world of his day by declaring there was an earthly, physical citizenship to which some things are to be given; and there was a spiritual, heavenly citizenship to which some things are to be given.
1. The false concepts of Citizenship (v.15-16)
          a. Religion is supreme: The Pharisees
          b. The state is supreme: The Herodians
2. The sins common to false concepts of citizenship (v.16-17)
          a. Selfish ambition: Leads to compromise
          b. Deception: Leads to false flattery and destruction
          c. Close-minded and obstinate unbelief: Leads to the rejection of truth and self-condemnation
3. The truth about citizenship: There are two citizenships (v.18-22)
          a. Christ sees through false concepts and evil motives
          b. There are things which belong to Caesar: An earthly citizenship
          c. There are things which belongs to God: A heavenly citizenship
Thought: Any person who loves the things of this world  will turn away from Jesus, and anyone who feels threatened by Jesus and His claims will react against Jesus (1Jn 2:15-16).
It is God’s will that we be faithful citizens of God’s kingdom and of the country where we live. God wants us to contribute to the welfare of everyone, whether Christians or non-Christians.
Only sin can render us laves: we must walk in life firm in our faith, active in our love, and with our hope placed in the life to come. Our life must drawn to God.
We must obey the lawful authorities, ray that they may discharge their duty according to God’s will, and fulfil all the laws which have the common good in view. The civil authority must be recognized with justice, peace, equality, dignity and fraternity in the society.

SATURDAY- 28th  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –A
Gospel: Luke 12:8-12: Every hair on your head has been counted.
I Reading: Romans 4:13.16-18: Though it seemed Abraham’s hope could not be fulfilled, he hoped and he believed.
The Things Men should Fear, Lk 12:1-12
There are things to fear in life, some are very serious. There is difference between what people usually fear and what God says to fear. If people trust in God they should be afraid of anything in life. Jesus said to fear about one thing that is hypocrisy in life.

1. Message 2: To the friends of Christ-what to fear (4-12)
a. do not fear men, but God and God alone
b. do not fear the lack of necessities: God cares
c. fear the spirit of disloyalty, of denying Christ
d. fear the unpardonable sin: not believing in the power of God and forgiveness of Jesus is the sin against the Holy Spirit is known as unpardonable sin.
e. do not fear persecution and trails: The Holy Spirit empowers
Thought: We should be hungry for the Word of God that we flock to His preaching (good news) and believe in the power and forgiveness of Jesus for our salvation. God is to be feared always but not men or women.

FRIDAY- 28th  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –A
Gospel: Luke 12:1-7: Every hair on your head has been counted.
I Reading: Romans 4:1-8: Abraham put his trust in God, and this faith was considered as justifying him.
The Things Men should Fear, Lk 12:1-12
There are things to fear in life, some are very serious. There is difference between what people usually fear and what God says to fear. If people trust in God they should be afraid of anything in life. Jesus said to fear about one thing that is hypocrisy in life.
1. Many thousands of people gathered around Jesus (v.1)
2. Message 1: To the disciples-hypocrisy (v.1-3)
a. deeds are to be exposed
b. words are to be exposed
3. Message 2: To the friends of Christ-what to fear (4-12)
a. do not fear men, but God and God alone
b. do not fear the lack of necessities: God cares
c. fear the spirit of disloyalty, of denying Christ
d. fear the unpardonable sin
e. do not fear persecution and trails: The Holy Spirit empowers
Thought: We should be hungry for the Word of God that we flock to His preaching (good news) and struggle to get up front.

THURSDAY- 28th  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME -A
Gospel: Luke 11:47-54: This generation will have to answer for every prophet’s blood, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah.
I Reading: Romans 3:21-30: A man is justified by faith and not by doing something the Law tell him to do.
The Sever Charges Against Religionists, Lk 11:37-54
Most people feel that they are religious. For that reason, the religious person needs to pay close attention to what Jesus says in this passage. This religious person needs to examine his heart and life to make sure his religion is genuine. Jesus was severe in his charges against false religionists (Mt 23:1-12; 13-26; Lk 15:25-32;18:8-12; Rom 2:17-29).
1. A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine (v.37-38)
a. Jesus accepted the invitation
b. Jesus was questioned about ceremonial cleanliness
2. Charge 1: Religionists are ceremonially clean, but inwardly unclean (v.39-41)
a. They clean the outside and not the inside
b. God made both the outside and the inside (heart) of a person
c. The giving of one’s heart cleanses everything
3. Charge 2: Religionists obey God in tithing, but ignore justice and love (v.42)
4. Charge 3: Religionists crave prominence and honour (v.43)
5. Charge 4: Religionists mislead others, causing them to become unclean and corrupted (v.44)
6. Charge 5: Religionists burden men with rules and regulations (v.45-46)
a. A layer’s (an expert in the law) spiritual blindness
b. Jesus’ charge
7. Charge 6: Religionists honour the true prophets of God-so long as they are dead (v.47-51)
a. The honour of the past servants of God
b. The rejection of the present servants of God
c. The judgement to be required
8. Charge 7: Religionists have taken away the key to the truth about God (v.52)
9. Conclusion: A reaction of hostility and opposition toward Jesus (v.53-54)
Thought: The heart is the source of evil; therefore, it has to be cleansed by Christ-even the heart of the religionist.
Justice is the way we treat others. The love of God is both the love He has given us in Christ and the love we are to have for Him and others.


THURSDAY- 28th  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –A
Luke, Evangelist, Feast-18th October
Gospel: Luke 10:1-9
I Reading: 1Timothy 4:10-17b
The Seventy Sent Forth: Great Purpose, 10:1-16
Jesus appoints the seventy and sends forth for his mission. This passage tells the Christian labourer how he is to work and tells the hearer how he is to treat the labourer of God.
1. Jesus appointed seventy disciples to prepare the way for Him (v.1)
a. had many disciples
b. two by two
c. saw tremendous need
d. sent as forerunners
2. First, pray for more labourers (v.2)
3. Second, go into an antagonistic world (v.3)
4. Third, trust God and sense the hour’s urgency (v.4)
5. Fourth, guard the message-do not force it upon people (v.5-6)
6. Fifth, accept compensation, but do not seek luxury (v.7)
7. Sixth, be accommodating and adaptable (v.8-9)
a. indentify with people
b. minister to people
c. proclaim the kingdom of God
8. Seventh, walk away from rejecters (v.10-15)
a. any town and people who reject
          1) symbolize God’s rejection by wiping off the very dust of the city
          2) reason: kingdom of God came near, but they rejected it
          3) judgement: shall be greater than Sodom’s
b. any who only profess to be God’s people
          1) illustrated by two Jewish towns
          2) the reason: the works of Christ were seen, yet he was rejected
          3) the judgement: to be more terrible
c. any who have a constant witness but reject: to receive the greatest judgement-hell
9. Eighth, , know that the Christian labourer presents the Lord (v.16)
Thought: Anyone who rejects the Lord definitely will be condemned.

WEDNESDAY- 28th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME –A
Gospel: Luke 11:42-46: Alas for you Pharisee! Alas for you lawyers also!
I Reading: Romans 2:1-11: God will repay each one as his works deserve-Jews first, but Greeks as well.
The Sever Charges Against Religionists, Lk 11:37-54
Most people feel that they are religious. For that reason, the religious person needs to pay close attention to what Jesus says in this passage. This religious person needs to examine his heart and life to make sure his religion is genuine. Jesus was severe in his charges against false religionists (Mt 23:1-12; 13-26; Lk 15:25-32;18:8-12; Rom 2:17-29).
1. Charge 2: Religionists obey God in tithing, but ignore justice and love (v.42)
2. Charge 3: Religionists crave prominence and honour (v.43)
3. Charge 4: Religionists mislead others, causing them to become unclean and corrupted (v.44)
4. Charge 5: Religionists burden men with rules and regulations (v.45-46)
Thought: Justice is the way we treat others. The love of God is both the love He has given us in Christ and the love we are to have for Him and others.
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TUESDAY- 28th  WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME - A
Gospel: Luke 11:37-41: God will repay each one as his works deserve-Jesus first, but Greeks as well.
I Reading: Romans 1:16-25: Men know God and yet refused to honour him as God.
The Sever Charges Against Religionists, Lk 11:37-54
Most people feel that they are religious. For that reason, the religious person needs to pay close attention to what Jesus says in this passage. This religious person needs to examine his heart and life to make sure his religion is genuine. Jesus was severe in his charges against false religionists (Mt 23:1-12; 13-26; Lk 15:25-32;18:8-12; Rom 2:17-29).
1. A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine (v.37-38)
a. Jesus accepted the invitation
b. Jesus was questioned about ceremonial cleanliness
2. Charge 1: Religionists are ceremonially clean, but inwardly unclean (v.39-41)
a. They clean the outside and not the inside
b. God made both the outside and the inside (heart) of a person
c. The giving of one’s heart cleanses everything
Thought: The heart is the source of evil; therefore, it has to be cleansed by Christ-even the heart of the religionist.