Reflexiones - Oct. 19, 2014

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 
Mt. 22:21
 
I visited an office a few days ago and they had a sign that said:  “Bring straight intentions to what you say”.  This phrase caught my attention because we sometimes act in the same way when we are dealing with people who have different ways of seeing things.
 
The negative attitude of the Pharisees was going in that direction – don’t come to want to change “our traditions”. In the three previous parables Jesus has shown the negative attitude that the Pharisees had about the Kingdom of God.  Like in the parable about the rude guests, the inopportune vineyard workers, and the capricious children seated in the square.  They felt attacked “bothered” and decided to attack Jesus to see if He would slip and then accused Him in the field of politics without a straight intention and asked him:  “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
 
Of course Jesus’ accusers did not want to accept God’s demands, which Jesus, the Christ, preached.  It seems that history repeats itself because we sometimes don’t want to make spiritual changes and we close ourselves up and we see only through narrow slits in our mental caves acting without straight intentions in our lives.  Jesus did not come to destroy temporary order but to redeem it.
 
We are the image and likeness of God.  We have a mission in the world which is why we ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit’s strength (1 Thes. 1:5) to act with a sincere heart.
 
This week we have to pray for missions and cooperate economically.  We also have a family mission.  I am interested in the Synod of the Family and what is said in that encounter which is that I have to convey moral ethical values such as respect for the family, the unborn.  In a word nothing is alien to my Christian vocation.  That is why I bear witness to live a humble life asking the Lord in the Eucharist to continue to act in our history with mercy and to give us all straight intentions to love and serve Him with a sincere heart.