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Do what you must do, but make sure you give the Lord’s His first

Pastor’s Pen
St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Twenty-ninth Sunday of Ordinary Times

Dear Church Family,

Here we are on the twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary time hearing from the Prophet Isaiah that you are called and thanking the Lord that He saved the Israelite people.  They are our spiritual ancestors in faith by bringing a Pagan king to do our battle so we could come back to the Promised Land.  Appreciating that Jesus does all thing for our good, we just know we have been chosen and have power because we have the Holy Spirit within us, as St. Paul says.

Finally, we are chosen to go into our daily world with all its struggles and problems, worrying about health care and the Pandemic, violence in our streets, not totally pleased with all that is going on politically at this time.  Still we are people of the world.  Maybe when we hear the words, “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s, we will be helped to get and keep our priorities straight.  Do what you must do, but make sure you give the Lord’s His first.  As it says today, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Everything belongs to God, including us, and we try to make it a better world starting off with prayer and by being sure to vote in this extremely critical, crucial upcoming election.  We have to live in an ethnically diverse, political society so pray for better neighborhoods, better protection and cooperation from police, better respect for everybody regardless of their differences so that everyone is at peace in our daily living and loving.  So, Church, continue your image of you going to heaven.  Then come back with the image that you are glad to grow in union with the Lord and awfully glad to live that union out by loving everybody in your life.  Alleluia!

Father Bob


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