HOMILY FOR THE 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, YEAR A.
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
THEME: WHOSE IMAGE: GOD’S OR CAESAR’S?
Beloved in Christ, the Church invites us to reflect on the image we bear in relation to the daily choices we are called upon to make. This is in reference to the question how do I live my faith in this world without losing my citizenship in heaven? We are not to forget that those who want to be faithful and committed as Christians are tagged old fashioned .
Dear friend, in finding solution to how to serve God and not be in conflict with the world and vice versa.,Jesus says “return” to God what is God’s and to Caesar what is Caesar’s. A reminder that God has the first claim over us. (Gen. 1:27) for He created us in His own image before we gave our life to anything earthly. For just as the coin is to be given to Caesar because it bears the image of Caesar, the human being must be given to God because it bears the image of God. Man is thus sacred and no one can take him as his own. Man must be ready stand for his faith in the situation of conflict.
Beloved, to belong to God and to live in this world cannot be separated, that is, our faith must be expressed in our actions. This is what St. Paul admired in the Church in Thessalonica – “we thank God for you have shown your faith in actions and worked for love” (1 Thess. 1:3) – something which most Christians today lack, for though they claim to have faith,this faith lack the desired expression in their life.
Also, we are reminded of our moral and civil obligation to contribute to the common good. We cannot live a life of isolation in this world, rather we are to be agents of change and transformation in the world by the choices we make as Christians.
Finally, Isaiah tells us to be aware of the workings of God in our world, with a call on us to acknowledge that God is in charge. And that this God can act through anybody to fulfil His plans and purposes for this world.