Sermon – October 19 – By Seminarian Tom Mitchell

In the Gospel Lesson from the 22nd chapter of Matthew, the Herodian and the Pharisee join together to challenge Jesus.  They ask him, should we pay taxes?  This is a dilemma we face every April 15th!  Jesus realized this question was a trap.  His response to them was to give to Caesars what is his and to give to God the things that are God’s.  Give to God the things that are God’s.  This is a bold statement about our response to God.  How does our faith react to God? How do we give to God the things that are his.

Just a few short verses later Jesus proclaims the Greatest Commandment, which is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your mind…and you shall love your neighbor as yourself (v 37-39).  When we honor these commandments, we give to God what is his.  God claims us as his own through our baptisms.  God lays the foundation and he wants us to be in relationship with him and with others.  When we walk with God our wills join as one.  When we take care of each other, we do God’s will.

This walk with God is not always easy.  We need to challenge ourselves to try walking with someone new to share the Good News. Sometimes we may stumble but God is always with us.  And regardless of how many times we may stumble, God continues to walk with us every day.

 

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