Readings & Reflection Questions

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           SUNDAY READINGS

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 15 (Cycle A) 

The Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 22 (Cycle A)

 First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10
Second Reading:  Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Gospel: Matthew 22:1-14
First Reading: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6
Second Reading:  Thessalonian 1:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 22:15-21
In this parable, the first guests invited refuse to come. The king tells his servants to invite everyone they meet, the bad as well as the good.  The Church will never be a perfect community of saintly people.  All are invited.  The only requirement is to receive the Good News willingly. God doesn’t care about the clothes we wear.  The point is that to share in the heavenly banquet, one must sincerely be open to the Lord. Matthew makes it very clear that two opposing political groups have united to trap Jesus: If he supported paying taxes to Rome, he would be accused of being a traitor to his own people.  If he refused such payment, he would be charged with acting against the government.  Jesus is not fooled.  He turns the situation back to them. 

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

What are the reasons that people give for not regularly attending Mass or participating in Church events, ministries, etc.?

Is there someone you and/or your family could invite to join you at Mass?

Relate an experience when you felt pressured into making a decision contrary to your principles.

Do you render to God what he deserves for all He has given to you?

 

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