or to God and the Church. The readings beg us toanswer if our lives belong to Christ, if belonging toChrist is a desired or undesired thing.
Reflecting on the Readings:
– God Owns Persia – Isaiahspeaks a startling message to the members of the house of Judah – that God will not usethem, but another group of His created – thenation of Persia. Do you believe that God“owns” even our country’s enemies and canwork through them?
– Ascribe to the Lord – The Psalmisturges us to “ascribe” to the Lord things likehonor and power. We often hear “ascribe” as afalse action, ascribing something to someonethat is not really theirs. Do you “ascribe” thingsto God that you really believe are His despiteyour ascribing?
I Thessalonians 1:1-10
– Where Credit is Due- Paul renders thanks to God for what He hasdone in Thessalonica. He does not renderthanks to the Thessalonians. Have you takenthe credit for something God has been doing inyou?
– Render Unto God – Weoften hear “render unto Caesar”, especiallyaround tax time, but do we forget to renderunto God?
Law and Gospel:
: We are created beings, who like allcreations, are owned by their Creator. Even ourautonomy is not ours, but was created for us asa gift. We misuse this autonomy and our livesare thrust into death and wickedness throughit.