Vol: 44, No.54 29TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) October 22 2017  
O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord all the earth. Tell among the nations his glory and his wonders among all the peoples. R/
The Lord is great and worthy of praise, to be feared above all gods; the gods of the heathens are naught. It was the Lord who made the heavens. R/
Give the Lord, you families of peoples, give the Lord glory and power, give the Lord the glory of his name. Bring an offering and enter his courts. R/
Worship the Lord in his temple. O earth, tremble before him. Proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king.’ He will judge the peoples in fairness. R/
(This letter written from Corinth is the first of Paul’s letters, indeed the earliest complete writing in the New Testament. Paul attributes the good success of his preaching to the Holy Spirit).
A reading from the first letter to the Thessalonians (1:1-5)
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For you know, brethren beloved by God, that he has chosen you; for our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia! Alleluia! Your Word is truth, O Lord, consecrate us in the truth. Alleluia! (Jn 17:17)
(Jesus is not against taxes being paid to Caesar but adds a twist to it. By adding “God’s things to God” Jesus turns the incident into a challenge to be as careful about one’s obligations to God as one is about Caesar).
A reading from the holy Gospel according to St Matthew (22:15-21)
The Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. Tell us, what do you think, Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the tax. And they brought to him a coin. And Jesus said to then, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/the Father almighty,/ Creator of heaven and earth,/and in Jesus Christ,/his only Son,/our Lord, / who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,/ born of the Virgin Mary,/suffered under Pontius Pilate,/was crucified,/died and was buried;/he descended into hell;/on the third day he rose again from the dead;/he ascended into heaven,/and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;/from there he will come to judge the living and the dead./I believe in the Holy Spirit,/the holy Catholic Church,/the communion of saints,/the forgiveness of sins,/the resurrection of the body,/and life everlasting. Amen.
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