This week's gospel reading has a couple different focuses, with Jesus' response to the pharisees on whether or not they should pay taxes. Rather than let himself be tricked, Jesus states, "repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God." There is a need to pay taxes and live in earthly, human ways, as we are humans of the earth. However, everything belongs to God, and it's important not to lose sight that He should be the center of our lives.
Life often seems too busy; full of things that are vying for my time. So many commitments and responsibilities, and sometimes it feels like I'm on a hamster wheel and can't get off.
In my bible study, I was reminded of this quote by Rick Warren from his book, The Purpose Driven Life:
"If it impossible to do everything people want you to do. You have just enough time to do God's will. If you can't get it all done, it means you're trying to do more than God intended for you to do (or, possibly, that you're watching too much TV."
This week's gospel is an important reminder to put God where he belongs: first and foremost in our lives. When I do that, everything else falls into place.
For our family meeting this week, we are focusing on putting God first in the way we spend our time, how we treat others, and how we use our resources.
So here is this week's slideshow...