Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gave us the famous proverb: “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Obviously, our first allegiance is to God over all else including our country. We should give our best efforts to the Lord, our worship and our good works. We should do so out of love. With this proverb, given to us by Jesus, we also realize that we have obligations to the common good of the society. We have a government that provides order and is responsible for the well-being of its citizens and therefore, it requires our support, financial and otherwise. Our understanding of God as Trinity, a community of persons, teaches us that no person lives in isolation but was created for community and society. Thus, we have an innate relationship with one another and are naturally drawn together in society. Out of justice, we give what is owed to each other – their proper respect and dignity as human beings. We see to their needs. In this Respect Life Month in the Catholic Church in the United States, we strive to see and support the dignity of all human beings, to reflect upon the sacredness of the human being in all stages of life. Each of us, from the tiny embryo, to the child, to the adult, those suffering and those dying, are uniquely created for this world of ours and for the next world – the kingdom of heaven. Let us pray that we always see this in our fellow man and our communities.
Have a blessed week!
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist