Sunday, October 16, 2011

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Matthew 22: 15-21
"Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." So Jesus meant that religion is supposed to stay out of government? Or is it the other way around? How many times will we hear this said over the next year? How many times will the words be twisted by politicians and clerics to justify their personal endorsements? The Kingdom of God is not of this earth: poverty, war, disease, and all manner of suffering will be with us always. They are part of what it means to be human. But that does not mean we should just accept the status quo. What is unjust should be fought, not because we can save the world, but simply because it is what is right and good. We MUST do something to alleviate suffering, even if it is less that what we would like. Failure to do so, whether in the name of tolerance or righteousness, is the true evil.