Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Weekend of October 18/19, 2014
In today’s Gospel we hear proclaimed a profound teaching by Jesus on stewardship. What belongs to Caesar? What belongs to God? Christian stewards recognize that everything they have belongs to God. God created them, and God has claims on every part of their existence. They also realize that the sov- ereign is an institution whose nature and purpose is to promote the common good and protect the welfare of its citizenry. As long as it accomplishes this mission while treating every single person with deep respect, justice and compassion, it merits the steward’s support and cooperation. Christian stewards know what belongs to the Lord, and they are better citizens when they live their lives according to His Gospel.
An Extraordinary Synod of Bishops is scheduled to take place from
October 5 to 19, 2014,
to address the topic:
The Pastoral Challenges of the
in the Context of Evangelization.
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked us to pray for this extraordinary synod during the month of October. He has composed a number of prayers, including the following
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, which we offer as this month’s stewardship prayer for October.
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love. To you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may the prayerful deliberations of the Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.