Gospel Reflection for Sunday 18th October18th October 2020
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Give to God the things that are God’s
That is no small ask! So, what are the things that are God’s? Well, basically everything: my life, my family, my friends, my work, my education. It’s all been given to me by God and He wants it back! Not in a selfish or mean way, but perhaps in another way.
First, everything has been given to me “on loan”, so to speak. What value or “interest” have I added to the gift given me by God? For instance, what kind of life do I want to give back to God? Is it one where kindness, mercy, and love are shown in my daily life? Each day I build my life, because every choice I make either adds to, or takes away from, the gift I am meant to give back to God. That’s every choice, big or small. It’s how I treat my siblings, what I choose to engage with online, what mean, or kind words come from my mouth about someone.
Heads or tails?
Jesus used a coin to teach a lesson about what to give to God. Perhaps you could keep a coin by your bed as a reminder to review your actions from the day. It would be helpful to take stock each night before bed and ask the question, “What kind of gift am I giving back to God”?