In today's Gospel Jesus says to repay to God what belongs to God. We are blessed by God and receive many things from God. The Lord has blessed us with various talents that we use to the glory of God. Whether it is helping those who are sick in medical careers, teaching others, protecting others as police officers, firefighters, military personnel, or by parenting the children the Lord has blessed you with. There are countless ways that we use the talents God has gifted to us. We repay God by using these gifts to help others and glorify God.
Underlying our second reading today is that while in prison Paul has received a monetary gift from the Christian community at Philippi. In other places Paul says that he will not accept pay for his ministry, perhaps so as not to be associated with others who exacted pay for their teaching and preaching. Paul was a tent maker and said he would pay his own way. However, he did accept this gift from the Philippians because he considered this community as his partners in the Gospel.
Today we celebrate Respect Life Sunday. The Respect Life program begins anew each year on this Sunday, the first Sunday of October. This program is sponsored by the US Council of Catholic Bishops. The purpose of this program is to educate us concerning the numerous human life issues that we face each day.
http://www.grtl.org/ You can also go to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) site
http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/ A third option is to contact our director of "Friends For Life" ministry, Margie Rossi at 478.988.8166.
It has been mentioned to me that there are children of grade school age who are playing on their iPad during Mass. The mention was made because people around them found the activity very distracting during Mass. And rightly so. It is very difficult to pay attention during Mass let alone having persons around you doing something totally unrelated to the Mass. Do you appreciate going to a movie only to have people around you whispering about everything other than the movie? I call on the parents of these children to stop this behavior during Mass. For at least three reasons: First, if you let children do what they want, when they want, wherever they want, you are on the road to raising a possible monstrosity. Secondly, it is a serious distraction to those around you. Please have some consideration for others. Thirdly, because I ask you to stop this behavior, thank you.