Giving God His Due
Malvern Minute

 

June 6, 2017 – Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Norbert, Bishop and Founder of Religious Order

It was not you who chose me, says the Lord, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last.

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (12:13-17)

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent
to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.

They came and said to him,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion.
You do not regard a person’s status
but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?
Should we pay or should we not pay?”
Knowing their hypocrisy he said to them,
“Why are you testing me?

Bring me a denarius to look at.”
They brought one to him and he said to them,
“Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.”
So Jesus said to them,
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
They were utterly amazed at him.

 

Reflect: Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God. Oddly enough, perhaps the bigger challenge we face today is not the part about giving to civil authority what belongs to civil authority, but rather giving to God what belongs to God. In our increasingly secular society, our attention to the things of God can often take a back seat to everything else. Even attendance at Sunday Mass is dramatically less than in recent decades. For many people, that “sacred hour” one day each week no longer has a priority. What Jesus is asking us through today’s gospel reading is to carve out time for him. We can’t force others to take that step but we can do our part by demonstrating that the Lord’s Day is a sacred day. We can challenge ourselves to dedicate each day to the Lord in prayer. We can pray for the Church, as well as our country and our world. The bottom line is that all that we have and all that we are belongs to our God who has lavishly blessed us. May the Holy Spirit help to tweak our consciousness to be appreciative and grateful for God’s generous love and his unwavering presence in our lives.

Questions: How do I make time to give to God his due?  How can I grow in creating space and time for God in my life? What can I thank God for today?

Pray: Loving God, thank you for all the ways that you bless me and grace my life with your Holy Spirit. Give me a heart that is quick to honor you, praise you and thank you for all that I have and all that I am.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Saint Norbert: Pray for us!                                  

Saint Norbert, like many of his 12th century counterparts, entered the diaconate for selfish reasons. Knocked unconscious by a fall from his horse, he heard the voice of Christ: “Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.” Norbert spent the next three years in a monastery, after which he was ordained a priest. He became a missionary preacher who founded a community of clergy at Prémontré in France. Today, the Norbertines number about 1,200 members around the world. As Archbishop of Magdeburg in Germany, he reformed the clergy. Norbert died in 1134.

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