Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


It could be just me but it seems like Caesar is making me render more to him every year. Not that it matters much, you all provide for all of my needs anyway. If you’re going to give your life to God anyway priesthood is totally the way to go; I get a place to live and three meals a day, at least that’s what I would get if I remembered to eat. Interestingly enough I have put on 15 pounds since last year so I guess not eating is a cause of weight gain, back to the topic at hand.

 In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us we are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. It’s interesting that very few people fail to pay their taxes but when it comes to giving back to God almost everyone falls short. I’m not talking just money either. He gives us everything so to fulfill the prescription we have to give Him everything back. If we were to give Him back our whole lives we would be walking the path of sanctity; wait a second I think I’ve said something like that before!

 Many times we envision the life of a saint to be something outside the realm of possibility for us, something reserved for a Mother Teresa or a John Paul II, somebody really holy. If you look at their stories though, the most profound thing they ever did was give their life entirely to God. Any healings, casting out of demons or miracles associated with them was all the work of God, not of them; in essence we could be the conduit of miracles too if we were open to it. The greatest gift we can give the Lord is the gift of ourselves and after that it’s all up to Him.

 If He wants you to do something that the world hears about fine, but your gift is no less great if He wants you to live in total obscurity. Besides, He tells us that on the Day of Judgment all our works will be known, that’s a positive spin on a typical stress inducer. Instead of being fearful of the rest of humanity finding out about all the foolish things we have done how about being jazzed for them all to find out the awesome stuff we have done unnoticed; it’s even better than making the honor roll in middle school when nobody knew you ever studied. All I’m saying is that an amazing life is in our grasp if we just hand it all over to God. I remember where I was when I finally just threw it all into His hands and so should you.    

Prayers Always,
Fr. Joseph Altenhofen