Our readings for this Sunday are a reminder of something vital in the direction we live our lives: God is in charge and has chosen us for great things! Don’t let other distractions steer you in the wrong direction!
The first reading is about God calling Cyrus, appointing him to a task, assuring him that He (God) would open doors, give him strength and make things happen EVEN IF CYRUS didn’t know God.
The Psalms remind us that God is good and deserves ALL of our praise! He is the reason we succeed and find blessing and abundance! HE is the source!
Paul writes to the Thessalonians about the grace of God and commending their endurance. He reminds them of what started their call to spread the good news of God, the Holy Spirit through the message they heard with conviction. They did not hear someone preach without passion, rather, they heard someone probably an apostle preach and teach with the Spirit of God, with passion and love! In the Gospel Jesus is cornered by the Pharisees who wanted to trap him into jail time by his answers. They basically ask Jesus if people should skip paying taxes because Caesar is not their god. Jesus answers, “give Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is God’s”. What a brilliant answer!
Now to apply this to the theme of these readings… Many of us do not consult God whatsoever in our plans for our live. God created us, he chose each of us for a purpose. If we discern what that purpose is and try to follow it, God will be with us, open doors for us, give us the strength we need, and let us know he is with us along the way! Along this road of God’s will we walk, we must give Him our praise and thanksgiving, acknowledging along the way that you are merely responding to his will, choosing to serve him, and offering to Him your prayers of supplication and thanksgiving! DO NOT BE DISTRACTED by 'what is Caesar's'. Many of us are motivated by money, greed, power, pride, etc. Those do not belong to God. Let God and our love for Him and His love for us be the motivation and map to help guide us in our live's direction!
Word up. I am Stacy, the youth minister of this amazing group of teens. I have 4 kids of my own, 2 heaven babies and like 60 teens I consider very large children of my own.