Matthew 22:15-22 Give to God the things that are God’s

GOSPEL MATTHEW 22:15-22

15Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?“ 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” 21They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation, paying attention to the breath.
  • What do you give to this world?
  • What do you give to God?
  • Write them down in two columns.
  • Where do you notice duplication?
  • Where do you notice polarization?
  • What item(s) need to be moved to the other column?
  • Is there something you need to let go?
  • Is there something needing your attention?
  • Invite God into this place.
  • Look for opportunities for reconciliation.
  • Is there a call to action?
  • Give thanks to  God for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, October 16, 2011,  the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99:1-9
I Thessalonians: 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-22
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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