Godtalk

Give back to God what belongs to him [1].  Let the taxes owed to the Roman emperor be paid to him.  Return to God what belongs to him.  Which of God’s possessions should be given back to him?  Do we not belong to God and should we not go back to him?  He has made us.  We seek him. We are on a path which will bring us into his presence. One day we will return to him definitively.  There are already many opportunities to give back to God what belongs to him....
Put on Jesus Christ [1].To ‘put him on’ is to allow him to take over completely. Jesus is worn for best and he is also working clothes.  He is not a coat to be put on or taken off according to the weather or for an occasion. To wear him is to be possessed by him.  Allowing the Lord to be in charge of us is the best thing we can do.  His take-over of our life is worthy of extravagant celebration.  I have my banquet all prepared [2].  To ‘put on Christ’ changes...
He will bring those wretches to a wretched end and will lease the vineyard to other tenants [1].We are the new tenants to whom the Lord now entrusts his property.  He has expelled our wicked predecessors who would not welcome his messengers or listen to his word and who put to death his Son.  We are making a fresh start.  Hope and joy accompanies a new beginning.  This is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see? [2]  The new team is being trusted to do better. For...
Part of our saying ‘yes’ to God, our doing his will, is our penitent acknowledgement that we have often said and done the opposite. We first said ‘no’. Only later did we begin to do and say ‘yes’. Deeds are more important than words.  All the better, however, to achieve coherence between what we say and what we do.  We desire to do what God wants and do so wholeheartedly, even joyfully.  Our seeking God’s will extends to endeavouring not only to obeying his commands but also to...
Why have you been standing here idle all day?[1]We are most of us slow to learn to love God.  Examining our life, we realise that we have focused on many other things before trying to give the central place to God.   Late have I loved thee [2] prayed Augustine, expressing a regret about this tardiness.   The landowner’s phrase, standing here idle all day, could seem less apt.  We have been busy with other things, some of them important.  Yes, we have come late...
Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you? [1]The parable shares with us no reply from the unforgiving servant.  Silent, he is handed over to the torturers [2].   What could he say?  Forgiven a great deal himself, he refused forgiveness to one who owed him a comparative trifle.  Decency, justice and sweet reason seemed to mean nothing to him.   He had asked for mercy and received it abundantly but could not show it...
Where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them[1]. Christ’s presence in our life is indispensable.  We always need him and he is always close to us.   We acknowledge this presence by prayer as often as we can.  Sometimes a substantial amount of time can be devoted to this acknowledgement.  At other moments, the prayer, which honours his presence, is a brief connecting to the One who is most important to us.  Our wanting to pray and our doing so...
In September, as the whole of humanity continues to grapple with the COVID pandemic, Pope Francis maintains his constant call to us all for a “globalisation of compassion”.The Pope continues to urge us through his worldwide prayer network, an apostleship of prayer that everyone can join, to take into our prayer these and all the challenges that face humanity and the church’s mission. In September, the particular form that takes is a prayer for our common home, our planet – we are invited to...
Jesus gives us life.  I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full [1]. The fullness of life, the chief gift of Christ, is conferred on those who believe in him and put their faith into practice.  Membership of the Body of Christ enables the best kind of life.   The Lord, who has risen from the dead and ascended, shares with his friends the divine way of being.  This gift transforms their present existence and equips them for eternity. He will...
But you, he said, who do you say I am? [1].  There is no more important question.  Who is Jesus Christ?  The question presses all of us. Do we know him? Is he truly our lord?  Are we genuinely his disciples?  Do we take account of his active presence, every day, in our life?  Are we in communication with him?  Then Simon Peter spoke up.  You are the Christ, he said, the Son of the living God [2].  Jesus honours the right answer, which has been...

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