9th Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 22, 2017
Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
Today’s readings give us the message of Obedience to the Authorities. Do Christians subject to the Worldly Authorities? The answer is yes, all Christians must obey every authority above us. All the authority comes from God because God controls the Universe. Jesus though the Creator of heaven and Earth obeyed and humbled in all respect in his 33 years of life time. Do Christians obey the Evil Authorities in this World? The answer is again Yes, but every Christian has been placed under an Evil authority for a Purpose and God does this to eradicate the Evil by good. When Christian in his persecution from the Evil authorities cry out to the Lord and Witnesses for the Gospel, the Evil power gets defeated and the power of Evil leaves the Authority and God’s Spirit takes over the authority. So, when we are any place or circumstances we must Witness to the Gospel of truth but never ever succumb to the Evil practices even to the point of our death. Jesus did this and given us the Example of ultimate love and forgiveness. Many Christians suffer through out their life by Evil afflictions, today God is giving them a message to forgive and Witness those Evil forces. If we retaliate we strengthen the Evil forces and our suffering becomes greater than before but if we Witness them in love and obedience, God’s power manifests and you will see mighty miracles and Wonders with many Saul’s getting converted to Paul’s.
In the first reading God blesses a Pagan King called Cyrus and gives him power and success over other Nations and King. He uses him to save the Jews who were in Exile. The King Cyrus transformed by God and the power of God was manifested out of the Cries of the Exiled people of Israel. When we suffer for Christ by the persecution and suffering, God’s power starts to activate in that area of our life. Many Saints were obedient to the truth and authorities and died for the Gospel, but later those very authorities got converted with power of the Holy Spirit. Romans killed highest number of Christians but finally, God converted Roman Empire to proclaim the Gospel. Today we see most of the traditions among the Catholics have come from Roman Empire.
God’s ways are far beyond than how we think or expect. The Gospel words are Spirit and life and when we declare these message in Words and deeds, the Spirit of God gives life to the dead souls. All Christians must become the small lights of the World by our lived life of love and truth with the little faith we have in his love and mercy. If we trust in him and his power in our life, however Evil or dark place we may live, it does not matter to us because our full trust and faith is in him alone. We must trust in Christ and his Gospel message more and more and we will be able to overcome every obstacle of our life through his power and mercy. Jesus has Conquered the flesh, World and Evil through his Cross and resurrection so let us be Witnesses to that Cross and resurrection and overcome the power of Evil in this World.