IN SUNDAY’S GOSPEL the disciples of the Pharisee are sent to set at trap for Jesus. . They see Jesus as someone who doesn’t care about the political or religious rules of the time. They see Jesus as a trouble make and so they set out to trap him by making him answer a difficult question. So they ask him “should we Jews pay taxes to Caesar?”. This is a trap because if Jesus says that they should pay taxes to the Romans, he will lose his popularity amongst the oppressed Jewish people. But if Jesus tells them to not pay taxes the people will love him, but he will be seen as a political trouble-maker to the Romans who will swiftly get rid of him before he can lead a rebellion. . Jesus, however is able to answer the question in a way that turns the question back on his inquisitors. Jesus asks to be given a coin – a denarius – and he asks them “whose head is on this coin? Whose name is written on it?”. They tell him (what he clearly would know) that it is the image and name of Caesar. Jesus then tells them to “give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar – and to God what belongs to God.” . This answer gets Jesus out of the trap but also poses a challenge to us. With all that we invest in other things – not only taxes that support our society, but also what we spend on ourselves – our entertainment, food, clothes etc. Do we also give to God what belongs to God? Above all things Good has given us the gift of life. He has also give us freedom, talents and abilities. Do we give them back to God in service and love of others? Do we give to God what belongs to God? . Let us ask God to help us become more grateful for all that we have received from God, and more willing to share it with other, particularly those most in need as we pray: Our Father…
IN SUNDAY’S MASS READINGS there is a strong emphasis on trusting God. . Watch the video at youtube.com/theChaplaincy . In last Sunday’s Second Reading, St Paul encourages us ‘not to worry’, and throughout Scripture we are told ‘do not be afraid’. This phrase appears 365 times – one for each day! . This Sunday we have King David reflecting on his relationship with God – like the relationship between a sheep and shepherd. The Psalm says: ‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me… He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name.’ David recognises that by following God like a sheep follows the shepherd, he has everything he needs. . St Paul develops this in the Second Reading. He recognises that, life isn’t always easy but how ‘There is nothing I cannot master with the help of the One who gives me strength’. When things aren’t going well, we can get anxious. However Paul’s trust in God gives him peace in all situations. He says ‘I know how to be poor and I know how to be rich too. I have been through my initiation and now I am ready for anything anywhere: full stomach or empty stomach, poverty or plenty’. . Let us ask God to increase our faith, that in all situations, he would give us our daily bread as we pray: Our Father… . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #rosary #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
On the 10th OCTOBER the Church celebrates a teenager on his way to sainthood. . Watch the video at YouTube.com/theChaplaincy . Carlo Acutis was born on 3rd May 1991. From a young age Carlo showed a special love for God even though his parents weren’t particularly devout Catholics. His parish priest said: “He managed to drag… his parents to Mass… it was not his parents bringing the little boy to Mass, but it was he who managed to get himself to Mass and to convince others.” . Carlo had a PS2 (released in 2000, when Carlo was nine). Although he loved to game he only allowed himself to play for an hour a week so he would spend time on what was more important. Carlo loved technology and promoted Eucharistic miracles through a website he built when he was 11. On the site, he wrote: “the more often we receive the Eucharist, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.” . Carlo was known for defending children at school who were picked on, particularly children with special needs. He was a natural leader, but his leadership was in service of others. At 13, Carlo was diagnosed with leukaemia. Whilst ill he said “there are people who suffer much more than me”. During his illness his faith increased. He offered up his suffering for the Church, the pope, and the Church. . Carlo died on 12th October 2006 at 16 years old. He was buried in Assisi because of his love for St Francis of Assisi. The call for Carlo to be beatified began not long after he died. In 2013 he was given the title ‘a Servant of God’ – the first step on the path towards sainthood. In 2018 Pope Francis declared Carlo to be ‘venerable’ – the next step. A miracle has been attributed to the intercession of Carlo. Carlo will be beatified in Assisi on 10th October. . His mother said “Carlo’s life can teach many young people that a normal life can become extraordinary if we put God at the centre and walk in harmony with God’s plan for us. Carlo did this.” . Blessed Carlo Acutis: Pray for us. . #catholic #church #prayer #Jesus #god #pray #prayer #reflection #meditation #gospel #rosary #bible #saint #feast #catholiceducation @rcwestminster @dowym
OCTOBER 9th is the memorial of SAINT JOHN HENRY NEWMAN who was only canonised (made a Saint) last year. . On 13th October 2019 he was declared a Saint of the Catholic Church by Pope Francis. Newman lived from 1801 to 1890 and so he is now the first English person to have lived since the 17th Century to be recognised as a Saint by the Church. Newman was originally a member of the Church of England and part of a movement that wanted the Anglican Church to return to its roots. This ultimately led him to become a Catholic. As a Catholic he progressed to become Cardinal. . After his death, an examination of his life caused him to be proclaimed ‘venerable’ in 1991 – this is the first step to becoming a Saint. In 2005 a miracle of healing was attributed to Newman’s intercession and so he was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2010 whilst visiting the UK. In 2018 a second healing miracle of a pregnant woman was claimed by his intercession which led to Newman being made a Saint last year. . Saint John Henry Newman wrote: “God knows me and calls me by my name. God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another… Somehow I am necessary for His purposes… He has not created me for nothing… Therefore I will trust Him.” . This reminds us all that we are not here by mistake. We can all experience the pressure to be what other people want us to be – the pressure to look, act and dress in certain ways to fit in. You were created to be uniquely you. . Let us pray for all those who struggle to be themselves, and we ask for the intercessions (prayers) of John Henry Newman. Saint John Henry Newman: Pray for us.
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